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Daniel Anderson

Daniel Anderson

Master Teacher Emeritus

Shenendehowa Central School District

Daniel Anderson earned his BS in Mathematics and Computer Science and Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education from Union College. In the classroom for over ten years, Mr. Anderson teaches mathematics and computer programming at Queensbury High School. A strong advocate for the integration of technology into classroom teaching, his students work instructional technology tools in their lessons. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Anderson has participated in the Dissection in 2D & 3D mini-course, various workshops including "Building and Keeping Strong Math Foundations," and is a member of the Women in STEM Professional Learning Team.

Yvonne Anderson

Yvonne Anderson

Glens Falls City School District

Yvonne Anderson graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Plattsburgh with a BS in Secondary Mathematics Education, and earned her MS in Curriculum and Instruction, earning the Kathleen T. Schaffer Award, the SUNY Scholarship for Academic Achievement, and the Ingrun Lafleur Memorial Scholarship Award during her studies. Ms. Anderson was also inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi National All-Academic Honor Society. As a driven and dedicated math teacher, she has taught 7th and 8th graders at Glens Falls City School for 15 years. In addition to teaching, she has served as a Department Resource Leader, worked extensively on curriculum mapping, and has hosted many student teachers. In the past, Ms. Anderson has taught in her school's Summer Success Program and more recently, teaches in the STEM Summer Enrichment Program. As a NYS Master Teacher, she wishes to continue working with new teachers as they begin rewarding and challenging careers. She is excited about learning from other peer Master Teachers and looks forward to working to improve the STEM education for all students.

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Adam Ayers

Bethlehem Central School District

Adam Ayers earned his BS in Geology and MS in Education from SUNY Albany. Mr. Ayers has been in the classroom for 14 years and currently teaches Regents Earth Science and Advanced Placement Environmental Science at Bethlehem Central High School. In the past, he has taught Biology and Human Anatomy and Physiology. Mr. Ayers is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, the Science Teachers Association of New York State, and the Geologic Society of America. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Ayers has coached the Boys Varsity Cross Country team and the Girls Indoor and Outdoor Track teams over the last 10 years at Bethlehem. Adam is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, canoeing, off-roading, horseback riding, and camping. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Ayers looks forward to participating in a wide variety of professional development opportunities that will help to facilitate creating a more holistic view of science for his students.

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Leonard Bacon

Leonard Bacon

Master Teacher Emeritus

Schodack School District

Leonard Bacon earned his BS in geology, MS in Science Teaching from SUNY Albany, and a certificate of advance study in Educational Leadership from The College of St. Rose. Mr. Bacon has been in the classroom for 18 years and teaches earth science, Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science, and Science Applications at Maple Hill High School. Mr. Bacon has enhanced the educational program at Maple Hill High School through the increased use of technology in science classes and the development of a multi-year lab skills program. To support these initiatives he has been awarded the Toyota Tapestry Grant, Best Buy Education Grant, and a Toshiba Foundation Grant. Outside the classroom, Mr. Bacon has served as a reader for the AP Environmental Science exam since 2004. He coaches the Girls Varsity Volleyball, Science Olympiad, Science Bowl, and Envirothon teams and has worked to foster collaboration between Schodack Central School's incubator STEM companies and high school students. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Bacon is looking forward to improving his ability to engage students by participating in the wide variety of professional development opportunities.

John Balet

John Balet

Ballston Spa Central School District

John Balet earned his BS in Business and Biology from Cornell University, and his MS in Teaching from Union Graduate College. Prior to his teaching career, he worked in the private sector, with a strong focus on recycling and green power technologies. His teaching career began 12 years ago at Ballston Spa High School. For the past four years, he has taught in the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School partnership with Ballston Spa High School and Hudson Valley Community College. He currently co-teaches with an English and Math teacher and his courses of instruction include Environmental Science & Sustainability and a 21st Century Skills on-line course. As the Advisor for the Ballston Spa High School Outdoor Club, Mr. Balet takes students on adventures in the Adirondacks. He additionally supports the high school Parent Teacher Student Association as its Faculty Liaison. If you happen to see Mr. Balet outside of school, he will most likely be cycling to work, working on home construction projects, camping with his family, or driving that same family crazy aiming for a simpler and more sustainable low impact lifestyle. As a NYS Master Teacher, he looks forward to working with the others to develop quality instruction for our 21st century students.

Janice Balogh

Janice Balogh

Master Teacher Emeritus

Schodack School District

Janice Balogh earned her MA in mathematics from SUNY at Albany. A 20 year veteran teacher, Mrs. Balogh teaches Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry, Precalculus and Topics in Mathematics at Maple Hill High School in Schodack. She is dedicated to creating a classroom of inquiry and engaged learning for all students in order to develop competency with skills and ability to apply those skills in problem solving situations. Her professional interests focus on a collaborative approach in the classroom to solving non-routine mathematics problems with an emphasis on integrating appropriate technology. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Balogh has served on Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Interview Committee, the National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership Grant review panel, is a member of the Capital District Association of Mathematics Supervisors and the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS. Past honors include recognition as a teacher of positive impact through the Scholars' Recognition Program, being named the school's yearbook dedicatee, and Schodack Faculty Association grant recipient to attend the National Conference of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference.

Rebecca Beiter

Rebecca Beiter

Bethlehem Central School Districtt

Rebecca Beiter earned her BA in Biology with departmental distinction from Hartwick College. After working summers as a camp counselor, Ms. Beiter was inspired to teach and went on to earn an MS in Secondary Biology Education and MS in Elementary Education with a concentration in literacy from SUNY Albany. She has taught 6th grade science at Bethlehem Central Middle School since the fall of 2000 where she currently acts as a building technology integration coach, turnkey teacher trainer for the district student management system, and 6th grade team leader. In addition, she is a member of the board of directions for the Friends of Five Rivers Environmental Center and coaches two Odyssey of the Mind Teams. Ms. Beiter has led district professional development sessions on Google Classroom and screen-casting. She has also presented on the use of games in the classroom at the Science Teachers Association of NYS and the Games in Education Symposium. In her free time, she enjoys hiking at the local environmental center and honing her nature photography skills. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Beiter is excited about encouraging more girls to join STEM fields as well as learning ways to incorporate STEM learning at the elementary level.

Scott Beiter

Scott Beiter

Rensselaer City School District

Scott Beiter earned his BA in Biology from Hartwick College and MS in Science Teaching and Curriculum Development and in Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany. Mr. Beiter has been in the classroom for 15 years and currently teaches 8th grade physical science, living environment lab, and high school physics. Mr. Beiter has been the head of the technology committee at Rensselaer City School District for over 10 years. As a level 2 Google Certified Educator he has helped lead teacher professional development in the use of technology in the classroom. Outside the classroom, Mr. Beiter has coached the modified wrestling team for 13 years and is the advisor for the district Minecraft Club. He is interested in cognitive learning science and games in education. He has conducted professional development on games-based learning, screencasting, and flipping. He is in constant search of ways to make science more fun and accessible to students. As a NYS Master Teacher, Scott looks forward to networking with educators and learning from the myriad professional development opportunities available.

Madeline Belden

Madeline Belden

Saratoga Springs City School District

Madeline Belden earned her BA in Mathematics from Siena College where she was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Honorary Mathematics Society. She earned her MS in Education from SUNY Albany. Mrs. Belden began teaching in 2008 and currently teaches Honors Pre-Calculus and Advanced Placement Calculus and supervises the Math Learning Center at Saratoga Springs High School. She has served as a class advisor and a mentor for first year teachers. Mrs. Belden is also a member of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State. Professionally, she is passionate about encouraging students, especially girls, to explore STEM careers, and has taken students on field trips to local colleges to explore these fields. She is excited to be a part of the Master Teacher Program to collaborate with her peers on best practices in the classroom to engage students and to participate in the Girls in Stem event. Outside of the classroom, Madeline enjoys spending time with her family and playing sports with her two active sons.

Mark Belden

Mark Belden

Schuylerville School District

Mark Belden earned his AAS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from SUNY Morrisville, BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and MS in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University. Before starting a career in education Mr. Belden worked as a Manufacturing Engineer for Cummins Engine Company and as a Field Engineer/Territory Manager for Guhring Incorporated. Since September 2000 he has been teaching at Schuylerville Central School. Currently Mr. Belden teaches Middle School technology and advises the Middle School robotics club. In 2017, he was the school advisor for First Robotics Challenge Team 4508 that made it to the world championships in St. Louis, Mo. Over the course of his career he has taught Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, Nanotechnology and AIS Math. He was the entrepreneurial lead for Team SENSEIT in the National Science Foundation's i-Corp for learning and completed coursework at the National Center for Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. Outside the classroom, Mr. Belden is on the district's Technology and Facilities committees. He has also been a member of the Town of Fort Edward Planning Board since 2003 and Chairman since 2010. Over the next four years as a NYS Master Teacher, he hopes to help other educators and bring great opportunities back to Schuylerville.

Erin Bell

Erin Bell

Saratoga Springs City School District

Erin Bell graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Biomedical Engineering. She earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California. Prior to teaching, she worked in the private sector for four years as a Systems Integration Consultant to a large pharmaceutical company. Mrs. Bell has been teaching for six years, and is currently teaching Advanced Placement Chemistry and Regents Chemistry at Saratoga Springs High School. She has also coached the Science Bowl team at Saratoga for four years. Mrs. Bell is a member of American Chemical Society, Society of Women Engineers, and the American Association of Chemistry Teachers and is deeply motivated to inspire young women to pursue careers in the STEM field. Ms. Bell is excited to be part of the NYS Master Teacher Program to continue to learn better ways to serve her students and to collaborate with peers to encourage young women to seek success in STEM driven disciplines.

Lisa Birchmore

Lisa Birchmore

Granville Central School District

Lisa Birchmore earned a BS and MS in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MEd in General Education from the College of St. Joseph, and an EdS in Curriculum and Instruction from the doctoral program at Liberty University. Prior to teaching, she worked as an Engineer for 15 years in various manufacturing industries. Lisa has been teaching since the 2003-2004 school year and is currently a Technology Education teacher at Granville Jr./Sr. High School. The courses she teaches include Introduction to Engineering Design, Digital Electronics, Principles of Engineering, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, She serves as the advisor for the VEX IQ Robotics Club, is currently the department Instructional Leader, and is a member of Granville's Technology Committee and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Team. Her professional affiliations include the New York State Technology and Engineering Educator's Association (NYSTEEA), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. As a new Master Teacher, Mrs. Birchmore looks forward to working with teachers who share her passion for continuous learning in the STEM field to help ensure students are prepared as 21st Century Learners. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family.

Travis Birkholz

Travis Birkholz

South Glens Falls Central School District

Travis Birkholz earned his BA in Mathematics/Secondary Education from SUNY Potsdam and MS in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve after completing the US Army ROTC program at Clarkson University. Mr. Birkholz is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the US Army Engineer Officer Basic Course and an 8-year Combat Engineer Officer veteran. He began teaching in 1997 and has been employed by South Glens Falls CSD since 1998. He teaches Algebra 2, MST, and Foundations in Algebra 2. At South Glens Falls, he is the Head Boys Varsity Soccer coach and the Varsity Club advisor. Travis holds several coaching certifications from the NSCAA to include the National Diploma. Outside of school, he is a coach for Empire City Soccer Academy, a member of the Board of Directors for the Ben Osborn Memorial Fund, a member of United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA), and a lifetime member of the Reserve Officer's Association. Mr. Birkholz enjoys spending time with his family, especially coaching his children and watching them play club soccer. He is an avid snowmobiler and enjoys travelling. Travis looks forward to joining a network of like-minded professionals and fine-tuning his craft so that he can bring new ideas back to his students and school.

Geoffrey Bizan

Geoffrey Bizan

Lake George School District

Geoffrey Bizan earned his BS in Childhood Education from SUNY Oneonta, holds an MS as a Literacy Specialist from SUNY Albany and will earn a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Building Leadership in December 2018 from SUNY Plattsburgh. In 2013, Mr. Bizan became an Apple Distinguished Educator and achieved National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2015. Mr. Bizan has been teaching for 13 years and currently holds the position of High Potential/STEM teacher at Lake George Elementary School. Within the district, he is the Elementary Science Curriculum Leader and the coordinator of many enrichment opportunities for students such as Odyssey of the Mind and First Lego League. Outside of Lake George, Mr. Bizan works with educators from all over the region in his role as a Teacher Leadership Coach for Technology Integration at the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Bizan is looking forward to collaborating and sharing best practices of STEM education with others.

Victoria Boulay

Victoria Boulay

Master Teacher Emeritus

Averill Park Central School District

Vicky Boulay earned her BS in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Rhode Island, and MS in Education from SUNY Albany. She has been teaching biology at Averill Park High School for 26 years, with a one-year hiatus teaching in Nicaragua. In her years at Averill Park, she has taken students on a school exchange with a South Bronx High School, biennial whale watches out of Boston, and to Costa Rica twice to study flora, fauna, and sustainable agricultural practices. At Averill Park High School, she developed the Horticultural and Social Justice clubs. Ms. Boulay has a special interest in Apis mellifera, the European honeybee, and has been experimenting raising bees in unique and unusual hive spaces that mimic those of feral honeybees. She recently installed an observation beehive in her classroom. Ms. Boulay is a member of the Ulster County Bee Association, and the Southern Adirondack Bee Association. She feels strongly that students need to rediscover the unique and delicate web of life that surrounds and nurtures us so that they can recognize the changes that are currently taking place, and the impacts these changes might have on their lives. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, she looks forward to the Evolution and Health mini course this spring.

Jeffrey Bower

Jeffrey Bower

Master Teacher Emeritus

Scotia-Glenville School District

Jeffrey Bower earned his BA in psychology from Ithaca College and Master of Arts in Teaching from Union College. In the classroom for over ten years, Mr. Bower teaches Earth Science and created, and now teaches, a Science and Engineering course at Scotia-Glenville High School. A strong proponent of project- based learning, he has created numerous activities that enable the students to learn to problem solve in order to complete unique tasks. As a founding member of the Student Research committee he helped construct the guidelines for Grade Level Expectations for Student Research for the district. His professional interests focus on the development of a full STEM (or STEAM) program at his school and the creation of a new Regents diploma with a STEM designation. He was also solely responsible for attaining the grant to purchase the Scotia-Glenville Central School professional weather station that posts current weather conditions on the schools website, and is actively participating in the Citizen Weather Observer Program and the Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, a world-wide program to support student learning through research.

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle

Master Teacher Emeritus

Cairo-Durham Central School District

Susan Boyle earned her BS in biology and chemistry from Maynooth University in Ireland, and MS in Education from SUNY New Paltz. Ms. Boyle initially planned on working in research; however, she discovered her true passion in teaching after securing a science position at a Manhattan high school. Ms. Boyle has taught for over 18 years at Cairo-Durham High School, teaching a variety of STEM based courses including biology, chemistry, and Environmental Science. Currently she specializes in biology, teaching Advanced Placement, and Regents level courses. At Cairo–Durham, Ms. Boyle participates in many aspects of school life; she is the facilitator of the Science Department, serves on the Curriculum Development Committee and is a member of the Building Leadership Team. In addition to her teaching and committee responsibilities, Ms. Boyle is active in the Cairo-Durham Teachers' Association, organizing many events to recognize student achievement including the Cairo-Durham 5K and annual Scholarship dinner. Outside of school, she is very active and enjoys all kinds of exercise ranging including Zumba and running. As a NYS Master teacher, Ms. Boyle is looking forward to participating in a variety of workshops to further enhance her teaching, and sharing ideas and resources with other STEM teachers in her school and district

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Jessica Bradshaw

Master Teacher Emeritus

Voorheesville Central School District

Jessica Bradshaw earned her BA in Biology from Russell Sage College and MS in Secondary Education in Biology from Sage Graduate School. In the classroom for 18 years, Mrs. Bradshaw teaches Middle School Life Science and STEAM. Mrs. Bradshaw is a strong advocate for student-centered, Project Based Learning and actively seeks ways to integrate new and exciting technology into the classroom. She has been awarded several grants to help implement educational equipment into her school. Mrs. Bradshaw joined the NYS Master Teacher program to learn innovative ways to continue to inspire students to find magic and wonder in the world around them. While in the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Bradshaw was a member of the Robotics PLT and co-facilitated the Nanotechnology Professional Learning Team, which consisted of a group of Master Teachers dedicated to learn more about Nanotechnology and bring their knowledge and excitement to the community through events such as Nano4U Day and Nano4Kids Day.

Jason Brechko

Jason Brechko

Glens Falls City School District

Jason Brechko earned his AA in Liberal Arts from Broome Community College, BS in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY ESF, and MS in Science Education from Syracuse University. Mr. Brechko is a National Board Certified science teacher in his 19th year of teaching. He presently teaches Accelerated Biology and seventh grade Science at Glens Falls Middle School where he also runs an intramural rock climbing program and outing club. Over the years, Mr. Brechko filled various leadership roles in his district, has taught numerous professional workshops, given community presentations on scientific topics, contributed to books, and developed his knowledge through continuing education. Of pedagogical interest to Mr. Brechko is incorporating the latest educational research into his teaching, and the role of assessment in instruction. He has been collaborating with the Association for the Cooperative Advancement of Science and Education (ACASE) on these topics for a number of years. Mr. Brechko has a passion for the preservation of the Adirondack ecosystem and has collaborated with agencies and organizations, particularly for the management of invasive plants. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Brechko is looking forward to learning from and collaborating with fellow Master teachers.

James Brown

James Brown

South Colonie Central School District

Jim Brown earned his BS in Industrial Distribution from Clarkson University and Master of Science in Teaching in Elementary Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. He has numerous N – 12 teaching and energy industry certifications. The most notable teaching awards are the NSTA Distinguished Science Teaching Award and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Jim began teaching in 1993 and currently teaches renewable energy to 5th grade, and robotics and programming to 6th at Sand Creek Middle School. He mentors KidWind and FIRST LEGO League teams, leading a team at the National KidWind event in 2018, as well as, judging at the national KidWind Competition. Jim has facilitated workshops through graduate level courses in both educational and business settings, and has helped develop and judge national and international STEM competition and grant programs. Recently, he worked as a curriculum content advisor on the reboot of the Magic School Bus series with Netflix, 9Story, and Scholastic. He is a trainer for the Energizing Student Potential program in Chicago and Washington, D.C, which is a multi-year Energy and STEM effort for schools sponsored by the Exelon Foundation, ConEd, Pepco, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, and BP. He supports educational energy audits and teacher professional development activities for the program. Currently Jim is a member of the NSTA/NCTM STEM Ambassador program. He and his wife, Michele, are the proud parents of three young men who are pursuing careers in teaching, software engineering, and chemical engineering.

Kim Bruton

Kim Bruton

Master Teacher Emeritus

Troy School District

Kim Bruton earned her BS in Earth Science and Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and MS in Earth Science and Education from SUNY Albany. A veteran teacher of 33 years, she teaches Earth Science at Troy High School. A strong advocate of hands-on, inquiry-based learning, Mrs. Bruton he involves her students in a variety of problem-solving and technology-infused activities that provide them with opportunities to engage actively in their learning and to make real-world connections. Her professional interests include sustainability and global climate change, and she engages her students in discussions that deal with today's pressing global environmental issues. Mrs. Bruton is a member of the Science Teachers Association of NYS, and Phi Beta Kappa. As an active member of Therapy Dogs International, she makes frequent visits to area hospitals, nursing homes, colleges and her own classroom with her golden retriever, Douglas. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Bruton participated in the Measuring Global Climate Change mini-course, and various workshops including Using Google Tools in the Classroom, and Mentor Training.

Celeste Burnetter

Celeste Burnetter

Saratoga Springs City School District

Celeste Burnetter earned her BS in Mathematics with a minor in computer science from Siena College and MS in Educational Theory and Practice from SUNY Albany. Wanting to spread her passion for learning and mathematics, Mrs. Burnetter began her teaching career in 2009. She currently teaches Algebra I to accelerated 8th graders at Maple Avenue Middle School. In previous years, she has taught 7th grade mathematics, 8th grade mathematics and academic intervention for both grades. She is a member of the district's Information Technology Steering Council and Math Renewal Committee and has served as the Math Club Advisor and Assistant Varsity Volleyball coach. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family including her two energetic sons, cooking, and participating in adult volleyball leagues as well as flag football. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Burnetter looks forward to collaborating with other Master Teachers, sharing best practices, and enhancing her teaching and content knowledge for the betterment of her students.

Stephen Butz

Cambridge Central School District

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Brent Cady

Albany City School District

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Katie Calhoun

Katie Calhoun

Master Teacher Emeritus

Ballston Spa Central School District

Katie Calhoun earned her BS in biology from Simmons College in Boston, MA in Science Education from SUNY Albany, Certificate of Advanced Studies from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and National Board Certification in Secondary Biology. Ms. Calhoun has been teaching secondary science for over 19 years and currently teaches Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science and International Baccalaureate Environmental Systems and Societies at Ballston Spa High School. She advises the school's Environmental Club, is an active member of the Building Leadership Team, and works for Project Lead the Way as a Master Teacher. Ms. Calhoun finds inspiration in the words of English Primatologist and Anthropologist, Jane Goodall, "You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Calhoun is looking forward to participating in the numerous professional workshops available through the NYS MTP, and working with her peers to improve science education for our students.

John Carlino

John Carlino Jr

Master Teacher Emeritus

Bethlehem Central School District

John Carlino graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Mathematics Education and MS in Educational Administration from SUNY Albany, and holds a certificate in School Administration and Supervision. In the classroom for 12 years, he teaches Honors Geometry, Enriched Geometry, and Trigonometry at Bethlehem Central School District. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Carlino coaches football and is the advisor of the Junior Class. In 2009, Mr. Carlino hosted a statewide broadcast of "Regents Review Live" for Geometry. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Carlino has run multiple marathons and participated in numerous adventure races. Every day, Mr. Carlino lives his life through the words of legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden: "Fail to prepare, prepare to fail." As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Carlino is looking forward to sharing and learning best practices with his fellow Master Teachers, and to mentoring aspiring teachers to be successful from their first day in the classroom.

Elizabeth Carroll

Elizabeth Carroll

Master Teacher Emeritus

North Colonie Central School District

Elizabeth Carroll earned her BA in mathematics and her MS in Secondary Education from the University at Albany. In the classroom for eight years, Mrs. Carroll teaches 8th grade math and Algebra 1 at Shaker Junior High School. A strong advocate for improving student learning by the use of technology in the classroom, she involves her students in a variety of learning opportunities such as flipped learning, QR codes as guiding resources, and Google tools for assessment. Her professional interests focus on how the brain learns mathematics, and using this knowledge to guide her teaching practice to maximize students learning. Her current projects include creating interactive flipped learning videos. Mrs. Carroll is passionate about sharing new ideas and learning experiences with her community of teachers. As such, she regularly presents to teachers in her district regarding innovative technology applications. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she serves as the Instructional Technology Specialist for her building, is a co-founder of her school's recycling club, a member of her school's Gay Straight Alliance, and a member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS.

Andre Castagna

Andre Castagna

Albany City School District

Andre Castagna earned his BS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his MS and PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After graduating, he worked for 10 years as an engineer at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, working on a team designing and supporting nuclear reactors for the Naval Nuclear Reactor program. In 2005, he decided on a career change, earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Empire State College, and began teaching mathematics at Albany High School. Dr. Castagna has taught mathematics from the Algebra level through Calculus and enjoys working with students of all abilities. He is currently teaching Geometry and Advanced Placement Calculus, and is also a mentor of the Albany High School Robotics team. In 2015, Dr. Castagna authored the Barron's: Let's Review Geometry book for the NYS Geometry Regents. In his spare time, he enjoys camping and hiking the 46 Adirondack High Peaks with his family. He also enjoys gardening, and taking the family dog, Violet, on outings, and teaching Sunday School. As a NYS Master Teacher, Dr. Castagna is looking forward to learning more about how colleagues integrate technology and other interdisciplinary topics in their daily mathematics lessons.

Annie Chien

Annie Chien

Schenectady School District

Annie Chien earned her AB in Psychology, Biology, and Education from Barnard College of Columbia University and MA in Educational Communication and Technology from New York University. As a part of her graduate work, she completed a semester in Pretoria, South Africa, examining the effect of educational transformation on AIDS Education. She spent several summers under the tutelage of Dr. Ron Breslow at Columbia University, synthesizing and characterizing oligothiophenes as nanostructures for electron transport. Ms. Chien loves teaching Biology at Schenectady High School. During her 17 years of teaching, she sponsored students in independent research, mentored student-teachers, taught at the graduate level, sat on school committees, and served as advisor to student organizations. Yet, the activity she enjoys most is upkeeping her Reptile Sanctuary with the collaboration of her students, who are the best ambassadors for reptile compassion and proper husbandry! Ms. Chien's most cherished accomplishment was when a former student accredited her as inspiration to teach biology. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing and raising ball pythons. Ms. Chien looks forward to bringing best practices back to Schenectady from the NYS Master Teacher Program.

Jeffrey Chiu

Jeffrey Chiu

Albany City School District

Jeffrey Chiu graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Albany with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. During his undergraduate years, he shared his passion for numbers by becoming a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) student-athlete tutor for courses ranging from Statistics to Economics. After graduating in 2003, he became a loan officer with Countrywide Home Loans. In addition, he instructed Real Estate Finance for the Dutchess County Association of Realtors in Poughkeepsie, NY. With the collapse of the real estate market and the Great Recession, he returned to school to earn his teaching certification in math. In 2011, Mr. Chiu earned his MS in Education from Mount St. Mary College with a focus in secondary math. He has eight years of experience teaching middle school math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry. He currently teaches Topics in Algebra and Algebra I at Albany High School. Additionally, he is an after-school math tutor for the 21st Century Community Learning Center where he works with students one-on-one and in small groups enhancing students' math skills. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons, as well as, running, weight lifting, and skiing. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Chiu is looking forward to engaging with other life-long learners to share best practices in urban education as well as mentoring pre-service teachers.

Timothy Ciampa

Timothy Ciampa

Queensbury School District

Tim Ciampa earned his BA in Mathematics Education from SUNY Potsdam and his MS in Educational Theory and Practice from SUNY Albany. He started teaching at Queensbury High School in 2012, where he has taught a wide range of courses. He is currently teaching Advanced Placement AB and BC Calculus, Calculus, and Computer Programming. Mr. Ciampa was a Knowles Teaching Fellow from 2011-2016 where he engaged in professional development with teachers from across the country. He was honored in 2018 by being named in the regional Scholar's Recognition Program by his students. At Queensbury, he coaches the Boy's Modified Soccer team. Outside of school, he coaches club soccer for Empire City Soccer Academy and enjoys spending time with his family. Professionally, Mr. Ciampa is passionate about engaging his students in problem solving and peer-to-peer discourse. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Ciampa is looking forward to working with like-minded teachers to enhance his teaching. He is also eager to help new teacher candidates find success in the classroom.

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Stephanie Conklin

Master Teacher Emeritus

Saratoga Springs City School District

Stephanie A. Conklin, Ph.D. earned her BS in Mathematics from Union College, EdM in Math Education from Harvard University, and a PhD from University of Albany in Educational Theory and Practice. Dr. Conklin taught mathematics in Boston Public Schools, Saratoga Springs High School and currently teaches mathematics at Colonie Central High School. A strong advocate for student-centered instruction, she focuses on differentiating lessons for all learners. She was previously honored with the Sontag Prize for Urban Education, and named a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation "Gates Master Teacher", as well as, a NYS Master Teacher. Dr. Conklin currently instructs graduate courses at the University of Albany and at Clarkson University, Capital Region Campus.

Maureen Conway

Rotterdam-Mohonasen Central School District

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Tammy Darby

Master Teacher Emeritus

Lake George School District

Tammy Darby earned her BS with a double major in biology and geology and concentration in secondary education from Castleton State College, MSEd in secondary curriculum from SUNY Plattsburgh, and is a National Board Certified Teacher. In the classroom for over 16 years, Mrs. Darby teaches earth and environmental sciences at Lake George High School. She is a strong advocate for problem-solving, real-world relevance, and student-driven learning that will help students transition from students to productive citizens. Mrs. Darby uses Common Core learning standards to introduce literary shifts to enhance the science content; students are participating in close reads, questioning techniques, and contacting community resources as part of these shifts. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Darby is the environmental club advisor, co-chairperson for the Lake George High School's 5K fundraiser, and officer and representative for her teachers' union. Past accolades include being named Earth Service Teacher of the Year through the Warren County YMCA. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Darby participated in The Safety of Genetically Engineered Food mini-course and the Mentoring workshop with the Capital Area School Development Association.

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‌Kris Darlington

Master Teacher Emeritus

Galway School District

Kris Darlington earned his BS in Industrial Economics from Union College and Master of Arts in Teaching in Science Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz. A teacher for 11 years, Mr. Darlington is dual certified in Physics and Chemistry, and teaches both subjects at Galway High School. During the summer, he teaches Electrical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Mr. Darlington is a strong advocate for project-based learning experiences that focus on college and career readiness, and models his courses after experiences his students will encounter at community college and university. He is also involved in developing a software model to accurately forecast end of year Regents achievement to support student growth throughout the school year. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Darlington has presented at Master Teacher workshops on Water Rockets for STEM, Standards Based Grading, and data analysis using Excel. He has also served on a panel for the national "100K in 10" initiative to encourage more individuals to consider a career in STEM teaching, and spoke to undergraduate students at SUNY Albany about future careers. His highest honor was being invited to deliver the commencement address at Galway High School in 2014.

Marnie DeJohn

Marnie DeJohn

Master Teacher Emeritus

Queensbury School District

Marnie DeJohn earned her BS in chemistry from SUNY Geneseo and her Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education from Union College. In the classroom for 14 years, Ms. DeJohn teaches Advanced Regents Chemistry at Queensbury High School. A strong advocate for integrating science in the curriculum for younger students, she involves her students in hands-on projects with children in kindergarten through third grade. Her professional interests focus on encouraging more girls to pursue STEM studies and careers. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. DeJohn serves as the Science Department Chair and coach of the First Lego Robotics team. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. DeJohn participated in the workshop about the integration of the Next Generation Science Standards and the Women in STEM Professional Learning Team.

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Michelle DePuy

Master Teacher Emeritus

Albany City School District

Michelle DePuy earned her B.S. in mathematics from St. Lawrence University and M.S. in Instructional Technology from SUNY Potsdam, and is certified as a MBTI (Myers -Briggs Type Indicator) and a Military Adult Education/Adjunct/Distance Learning Instructor thru the Command and General Staff College. Mrs. DePuy teaches Algebra at Albany City High School. She transitioned from Brasher Falls Central School where she coached the Robotics team, diligently worked to improve her school by participating on the School Improvement Committee, worked with the after school program, and served as a Math Mentor for regional math competitions. Mrs. DePuy has been recognized by the St. Lawrence County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) for her workshops Making Math Fun, Math 8 Common Core, and Algebra Common Core Teacher-to-Teacher Workshop. Mrs. DePuy has proudly served for more than 30 years as an officer in the US Army, mobilizing all over the world. Colonel Huckins currently serves in the US Army Reserves and is in charge of Detachment 1, 75th Training Brigade in Orangeburg, NY. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. DePuy looks forward to professional development opportunities and learning from other Master Teachers.

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Nicole Dixson

Master Teacher Emeritus

Greenwich School District

Nicole Dixson earned her BA in Biology with a minor in Writing from Hartwick College and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Union College. She has been in the classroom 17 years and teaches Living Environment, Science Research, AIS Science, and Accelerated Science 7 and 8 at Greenwich Central School. She is a strong advocate for authentic inquiry-based science education, and involves her students in student-driven innovative independent research projects. Students from her program have competed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, JSHS and as finalists at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair. Two of her students have been published for their research in her program. Her professional interests focus on implementation and training others in the NYS Next Gen Science Learning Standards. Recent works include the use of the development and implementation of student constructed problem-based labs, and engineering and design challenges. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Dixson is the 7-12 Science Curriculum Ambassador at Greenwich Central School, member of the STEM committee, co-director of STOP (Students to Oppose Pollution), and the girls' varsity lacrosse coach and foothills league representative. She recently completed National Board Certification process and is hoping to achieve in 2018. In 2008, she was a Toyota Tapestry large grant winner, and a "Dog Ate My Homework" teacher of the week. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Dixson has participated in various workshops including Mentoring, and Research in the Classroom, presented at STEM Saturday, STANYS 2018, coordinated the 2018 NYSSLS Writing Retreat at Minnowbrook, TED talks, and Professional Conversations.

Margaret Dolen

Margaret Dolen

Bethlehem Central School District

Margaret Dolen graduated magna cum laude from Cabrini College with a BS in Chemistry and earned an MS in Education from the College of Saint Rose. She began her career as an American Society for Clinical Pathology certified specialist in Clinical Chemistry, but discovered her true passion for teaching after volunteering to develop and facilitate an after-school enrichment program in science for her local elementary school. In the classroom for 16 years, Mrs. Dolen teaches 6th grade science at Bethlehem Central Middle School. As a strong advocate for hands-on instruction, she focuses on differentiating lessons for all learners, particularly students with special needs. Mrs. Dolen advises the Weather Club, assists with the Garden Club, and serves as a Teacher Technology Trainer and a member of the Technology Committee. She is a member of National Science Teachers Association, National Earth Science Teachers Association, Science Teachers Association of NYS, and the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, and ballroom and swing dancing. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Dolen is looking forward to working with professional learning teams and sharing resources with other STEM teachers.

Jessica Donnelly

Queensbury Union Free School District

- Joined Fall 2019, Bio Coming Soon -

Lauren Duncan

Lauren Duncan

Shenendehowa Central School District

Lauren Duncan earned her BS in Chemistry and MS in Secondary Education from SUNY Albany. At SUNY Albany, Lauren worked as a tutor and was inspired to become a high school teacher. Teaching others allows her to spread her love of science and inspire others to pursue STEM related careers. She began teaching chemistry and physics in 2012 and is currently a chemistry teacher at Shenendehowa High School. She is an active member of the Literacy Committee and volunteers her time to chaperone the Junior Prom as well as participate in student activities such as pep rally and the annual dodgeball tournament. Lauren participates in a Professional Learning Community composed of local chemistry teachers and attends the annual Science Teachers Association of NYS Conference at Siena. In her free time, Lauren enjoys playing tennis and traveling. In April of 2017, she and her husband traveled to Switzerland and France during spring break. Lauren is excited to begin the Master Teacher Program and meet other Master Teachers. As a NYS Master Teacher, Lauren looks forward to participating in the Nanoscience mini-course as well as joining the Girls in STEM Professional Learning Team.

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Victoria Eddy-Helenek

Victoria Eddy-Helenek

Master Teacher Emeritus

Watervliet School District

Victoria Eddy-Helenek earned her BS in chemistry from Union College, MS in Organic Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Science Education from Union Graduate College. In the classroom for 12 years at the Watervliet Junior Senior High School, she has taught eighth grade science, Living Environment, physics, and Regents Chemistry. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Helenek serves as the Chemical Hygiene Officer, coaches the Masterminds team and serves on the Faculty Council of the National Honor Society chapter. She was a member of the American Chemical Society for over 30 years and is currently a member of the National Science Teachers Association of NYS. Mrs. Helenek has always been inspired by the words of Carl Sagan: "Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge." Prior to teaching, Mrs. Helenek was employed as a research chemist for General Electric Corporate Research and Development in Niskayuna, where she earned multiple US patents and teamwork awards. Mrs. Helenek is married with two children in college studying engineering. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Helenek is eager to participate in the mentorship retreat and the Bring-Your-Own Science programming for Master Teachers and their colleagues in the Capital Region.

Erin Erickson

Erin Erickson

Albany City School District

Erin Erickson earned her BA in Mathematics from SUNY Geneseo and her MS in Reading from the University at Albany. Mrs. Erickson currently teaches at Albany High School (AHS), where she has been for the past 17 years. She has taught everything from Pre- Algebra to Algebra 2 to Advanced Placement Calculus AB. She has also taught two College in the High School courses at AHS through Hudson Valley Community College. Mrs. Erickson is the Math Department's Building Curriculum Team Leader and serves as a mentor with the New Teacher Mentoring Program. In 2014, she won the Golden Apple Teacher Award, an annual award that recognizes district teachers who practice creative and innovative methods that significantly affect students' learning. Mrs. Erickson maintains three websites at AHS, has been Co-Advisor of the Senior Class, and coach of Junior Varsity and Varsity Volleyball, and Junior Varsity softball. In her free time, she is an active member of Iroquois Empire Volleyball Association, and travels the country playing volleyball. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her children. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Erickson is looking forward to working with new teacher candidates and participating in professional development opportunities with peer Master Teachers.

Sabine Erickson

Sabine Erickson

Master Teacher Emeritus

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District

Sabine Goetz Erickson grew up in Huntsville, Alabama where the Marshall Space Flight Center is located. Her late father worked on both NASA's Saturn V and Space Shuttle Main Engine projects, and is the one who inspired her to become a math teacher. Mrs. Erickson earned her BS in Mathematics from Birmingham-Southern College and her MA in Math Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She spent over 14 years teaching in Jefferson County, Alabama, where she served as math team coach and department chairperson, teaching a wide range of courses, including Algebra I and Advanced Placement (AP) calculus. She is currently teaching Precalculus and Statistics at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School (BH-BL). Mrs. Erickson established and grew the new AP Statistics program at BH-BL, and is focused on introducing new technology into her classroom. Mrs. Erickson is very excited to be a part of the Master Teacher Program because it is ultimately her goal to encourage more students to choose a STEM-related career. She looks forward to growing professionally as a STEM educator and collaborating with other Master Teachers. The Space Shuttle is now retired, but Mrs. Erickson believes that STEM literacy in America is more important than ever in our high-tech, data-driven world.

Charles Evans

Charles Evans

Bethlehem Central School District

Charles Evans earned his BS in Earth Sciences with minors in Biology and in Atmospheric Science and his MSEd in Earth Science from SUNY Albany. Mr. Evans is a Google Level 1 Certified Educator. Prior to teaching, he worked as a ski instructor and whitewater kayak instructor. In the classroom for 14 years, he currently teaches four sections of Regents Earth Science at Bethlehem Central School District. Charles is an active member of the Transcript, Technology, and Professional Practices committees and the Curriculum Council. He has served as a technology trainer and a Technology Integration Coach throughout Bethlehem's recent transition to a 1:1 Chromebook program. Mr. Evans is the faculty advisor for a musical club called Acoustic Jams, has chaperoned a variety of field trips, and has coached Varsity Ice Hockey. He is a member of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, The National Science Teachers Association, The National Association of Geoscience Teachers, and The Science Teachers Association of New York State. Mr. Evans is most passionate about his students' awareness of climate change and human impact on the Earth's climate. As a Master Teacher, Mr. Evans looks forward to joining the Earth Science PLT, participating in a variety of Professional Conversations, and collaborating with fellow master teachers to create high quality activities as the Next Generation Science Standards are implemented in New York.

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Michele Famoso

‌Michele Famoso

Master Teacher Emeritus

South Colonie Central School District

Michele Famoso graduated magna cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration Electrical Engineering, and an MS in Natural Science. Prior to entering the education field, she was employed by the Haemonetics Corporation, where she managed projects involving blood collection and cell separation technologies. In the classroom for more than 16 years, Ms. Famoso currently teaches Regents Physics and Advanced Placement Physics at her alma mater, Colonie Central High School. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she advises the Science Club, coordinates district‐wide Hour of Code activities, and helps develop Regents Exams in Physics for the NYS Education Department. Passionate about encouraging young women to pursue STEM education, every July she teaches engineering design in the Union College EDGE (Educating Girls for Engineering) Program, a two‐week residential workshop for high school girls from across the United States. In her free time, Ms. Famoso sings semi‐professionally. She enjoys ballroom dancing, walking her dog, and playing with her young daughter. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Famoso is looking forward to participating in professional development activities, networking with other enthusiastic STEM teachers, and sharing best practices.

Andrew Ferrone

Andrew Ferrone

Ballston Spa Central School District

Andrew Ferrone earned his BA in Childhood Education, MS in Curriculum and Instruction, and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Building Leadership from Plattsburgh University. Prior to teaching, Mr. Ferrone spent his summers working in construction and as a summer camp instructor. He was fascinated by the connections between both jobs and knew that he wanted to be the type of teacher that brought real world scenarios into the classroom. He began teaching in 2009 in Schenectady City School District and currently teaches second grade at Wood Road Elementary School in Ballston Spa. He is the Wood Road Chess Coach, an active member of the Professional Development Committee, Intramural Coach, and the facilitator for trauma and environmental book studies. Mr. Ferrone published two children's books to help young students cope with challenging life circumstances. In his free time, he enjoys writing and anything that brings him outdoors; he has published articles in NYS "OutdoorNews". As a STEM teacher, he is most passionate about bringing real world connections into his classroom. As a NYS Master Teacher, he is especially looking forward to the opportunity he'll have to work with middle and high school Master Teachers and to use the knowledge he gains to better educate his elementary students and colleagues.

Ashley Finke

Albany City School District

- Joined Fall 2019, Bio Coming Soon -

Jason Finn

Jason Finn

Master Teacher Emeritus

Fort Edward School District

Jason Finn earned his BS in biology and his MSEd from SUNY Plattsburgh. In the classroom for 15 years, Mr. Finn teaches Living Environment, Physical Setting/Chemistry, and General Chemistry at Fort Edward Union Free School District in Washington County. A strong advocate for laboratory-centered lessons, he enjoys finding new and exciting ways to weave inquiry-based, open-ended laboratory activities into the fabric of the Regents curricula. Mr. Finn's professional interests focus on using laboratory investigations and content-area reading to increase the scientific literacy of his students. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Finn has served his district as an advisor to the Outing Club and National Honor Society, is a member of the High School Building Leaders Committee, the National Science Teachers Association, and the Science Teachers Association of NYS. A member of the Adirondack Mountain Club, Mr. Finn enjoys leading students on hikes in the High Peaks. With the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Finn has participated in two mini-courses—Measuring Global Climate Change and the Safety of Genetically Modified Food—and attended the Ashokan Retreat designed and facilitated by the NYC region.

Jeanine Flinton

Jeanine Flinton

Galway School District

Jeanine Flinton earned her BA in Geography/Urban Planning and her MS in Childhood Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. Prior to her 12-year teaching career, she worked in the private sector as a Site Planner for a Civil Engineering firm. Mrs. Flinton teaches Project Lead the Way (PLTW) STEM curriculum to Grades K-6 at Joseph Henry Elementary School. She also serves as a Project Lead the Way Master Teacher, providing training for PLTW teachers throughout the United States. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Women Educators and the Science Teachers Association of NYS. Within her school district, she serves as the coordinator for Odyssey of the Mind, STEM Club, Robotics Club, and the Science Fair. Mrs. Flinton is a member of the Technology Committee, Professional Development Committee, Academic Stakeholders, Galway PTSA, and has served on the Elementary Building Team. She also coaches the Junior/Senior High School Robotics Team. Outside the classroom, she enjoys hiking and kayaking. She is passionate about inspiring and empowering students, especially girls, to explore STEM careers and help prepare them for a global economy. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Flinton is looking forward to collaborating with her peers, participating in professional development, and sharing best practices.

Lisa Fort

Lisa Fort

Queensbury School District

Lisa Fort earned her BA in Physical Anthropology at the University of Alberta and her Masters of Science in Teaching at SUNY Potsdam. Ms. Fort has been in the classroom for over 14 years, splitting her time equally as a biology and earth science teacher. After teaching for eight years in New York City, she has found a home at Queensbury High School where she teaches Regents Earth Science. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Fort is the Rocket Club advisor, PM School science advisor, and a member of the Science Renewal committee. She is also a member of several professional organizations including the National and New York Earth Science Teacher Associations, the National Science Teachers Association, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. She is a frequent presenter at Eastern Science Teachers Association of NYS (STANYS), STANYS, Capital Region Master Teacher's Lab Day, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Empower conferences sharing her love of all things Earth Science with other educators. When not busy with her professional career, Ms. Fort can be found writing novels, drawing portraits, and being active in the outdoors. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Fort is looking forward to further collaboration to help engage young minds in the world of science.

Nicole Freeman

Nicole Freeman

Averill Park Central School District

Nicole Freeman earned her BS in Mathematics and her MA in Education from St. Lawrence University. Inspired by a desire to help young people, she began teaching high school math in 2005. She is a fellow for the Questar III STEM Summer Research Internship Program, which has her spending summers working with local STEM companies with the goal of understanding what a STEM career entails. This experience has propelled her to work with teachers from other disciplines as well as professionals from the community to enhance learning opportunities for students. In 2017, Nicole stepped out of her comfort zone and proposed to teach a Computer Science course because she believed this was a necessary addition to programming in her district. She enjoys being a life-long learner even though the road is unpaved. At Averill Park High School, Nicole currently teaches Geometry, Algebra 2, Statistics, and Intro to Computer Science and Programing. Beyond the classroom, she is the Senior Class Advisor, an assistant JV wrestling coach, and an adjunct professor for Hudson Valley Community College. She loves photography and is often found photographing high school or college sporting events in her free time. As a new Master Teacher, Nicole is most excited about collaborating with peers who are passionate about growing in their own craft. In Nicole's words, "Every teacher has the potential to grow and improve. I can't even imagine the possibilities when motivated minds have time to work together."

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Jeffrey Gargano

Ballston Spa Central School District

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John Gehres

South Colonie Central School District

- Joined Fall 2019, Bio Coming Soon -

Shannon Gilroy

Queensbury Union Free School District

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Caitlyn Gironda

Caitlyn Gironda

Saratoga Springs City School District

Caitlyn Gironda earned her BA in Mathematical Science and Master of Arts in Teaching in Mathematics from Binghamton University. She started teaching in 2011 and became a lead teacher at a STEM magnet high school. There she piloted blended learning and designed an Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus course to reach struggling students. At Saratoga Springs High School, Mrs. Gironda teaches AP Calculus AB, Calculus, and Algebra 2. She works at the District Tutoring Center, working one-on-one with students in special circumstances. She is a member of the Instructional Technology Steering Council, Technology Integration Leadership Team, and Saratoga Technology Expansion Project. Outside the classroom, she actively pursues professional growth. She is an Apple Teacher, Google Certified Educator, and a member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She writes a blog about mathematics education and has presented at local, state, and regional conferences. Mrs. Gironda is a Regeneron STEM Teaching Fellow, completing a certificate in STEM Leadership from Teacher's College at Columbia University and research mentorship at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. She is passionate about utilizing a student-centered classroom to help students answer "Why?" for themselves. Mrs. Gironda looks forward to growing as a teacher and leader through the Master Teacher Program, learning from and with an incredible cohort of educators.

Mark Gironda Jr.

Mark Gironda, Jr.

Saratoga Springs City School District

Mark Gironda earned his BS in Biochemistry and his MAT in Biological Adolescence Education from Binghamton University. He began his teaching career in 2012 outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, where he taught Biology and Chemistry for four years. He is entering his third year at Saratoga Springs High School, where he is currently teaching Regents and Honors Chemistry, as well as, advising the Friends of Elders club and attending as many school events as possible. He is very passionate about creating a learning environment focused on inquiry and collaboration. He hopes his students develop a growth mindset to learning, and that they realize that learning is a continuing and enjoyable process. Outside of school, you can often find him being as active as he can with his dog, Harpur, playing the drums in his basement, or traveling with his amazing wife.

Heidi Gleason

Heidi Gleason

East Greenbush School District

Heidi Gleason received both her BA in Biology/Secondary Education and her MA in Educational Psychology from The College of Saint Rose. She began her teaching career in 1991 at The Academy of the Holy Names then taught five years at Lansingburgh High School. She is currently teaching at Columbia High School in East Greenbush. Heidi was inspired to teach by other teachers who helped shape her future with education. At Columbia, she teaches living environment and is the director of the Science Research program. Outside the classroom, she is the co-advisor of a group called Serious about Science, which she created in conjunction with her colleague. This group hosts regular dinners with science professionals, enhances the science community at the school by bringing in activities and various speakers, and is currently establishing the first Science Honor Society at Columbia, with a planned induction this spring. Heidi became a nationally certified teacher in Fall 2008 and has been a mentor to new department members during her time at Columbia High School. She is most passionate about teaching students to be lifelong learners and contributing members of the growing scientific community by giving them skills that transcend the classroom environment. She spends her free time with her 5 year old daughter and is currently one of the leaders of her Daisy Troop. As a new member of the Master Teacher Program, Heidi is looking forward to collaborating with colleagues to extend her professional knowledge and find new things in science to be excited about.

Matthew Glogowski

Matthew Glogowski

Ballston Spa Central School District

Matthew Glogowski earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and MS in Secondary Education from The College of Saint Rose. Prior to teaching, Mr. Glogowski worked as a production engineer in the private sector. Dual-certified in Mathematics and Technology, he has been teaching secondary mathematics for 11 years at Ballston Spa High School, the last five of which have been at The Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School. Teaching Applied Math in Clean Technologies and an on-line 21st Century Skills class allows him to work with an English and Environmental Science teacher to develop and deliver problem-based curricula. Mr. Glogowski has served as a mentor for Ballston Spa's Code-a-Thon initiatives and has acted as a Cooperating Teacher for pre-service math teachers. In addition to teaching, Mr. Glogowski is Vice-Chair of Adirondack Masters Swimming and has participated in the Lake George Marathon Swim in support of the Lake George Association. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Glogowski is looking forward to collaborating with colleagues to better reach the hearts and minds of his students.

Jason Goldberg

Jason Goldberg

South Colonie Central School District

Jason Goldberg earned his BS in Biology and MS in Natural Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He began his teaching career in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina after coming to the realization that he could accomplish more for the field of science by inspiring a new generation of scientists who would contribute more than he ever could by himself. In September 1998, he started teaching at Colonie Central High School. Currently, he teaches Advanced Placement Biology and Molecular Biology/Biochemistry. Mr. Goldberg is an eight-time recipient of the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Scholar's Recognition Achievement Award chosen by outstanding students at the top of their class– an award that he is humbled by. Over the course of his teaching career, he was also an adjunct at Siena College and Schenectady County Community College, where he taught sections of Instructional Theory and Foundations of Biology, respectively. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Excelsior College. As a former college pitcher, he still prides himself in being able to throw a baseball at 80 mph, even as a 40-something year-old. You can find him in the summer, coaching his two sons on the diamond and playing in an adult league in the Capital District.

Laura Grooten

Laura Grooten

North Colonie Central School District

Laura Grooten earned her BS in Secondary Education Earth Science from SUNY College at Oneonta, and MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany. In the classroom for 13 years, Mrs. Grooten teaches Earth Science, Earth Science Lab, and Applied Earth Science at Shaker High School. An active member of the school community, Mrs. Grooten presented to elementary school colleagues about teaching science, taught a professional development course on the same topic, chaperoned dances, and attended sporting events and school musicals. Mrs. Grooten also mentored new teachers, and hosted student teachers and several student observers over the course of her career. Mrs. Grooten is a member of the Science Teachers Association of New York State, and presented a workshop entitled "Hands-On Lab Activities for Earth Science" at their Eastern Section Conference. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Grooten is looking forward to working with many talented STEM educators and professionals to enhance her teaching. In addition, she is excited to share the information she learns at the many professional development opportunities offered through the program with her colleagues and preservice teachers.

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Colleen Hagadorn

Colleen Hagadorn

Master Teacher Emeritus

South Glens Falls School District

Colleen Hagadorn earned her BS in Wildlife Biology from SUNY ESF in Syracuse, her MS in Teaching from SUNY Plattsburgh, and National Board Certification in Science. Prior to teaching Miss Hagadorn was a volunteer hack-site attendant for peregrine falcons and helped reintroduce six immature peregrine falcons back into the Adirondacks. In the classroom 22 years, Miss Hagadorn teaches Living Environment and Practical Forensics at South Glens Falls High School. Miss Hagadorn is a dedicated to deepening her content and pedagogical knowledge and works collaboratively with her colleague, Master Teacher Mrs. Moore-Palumbo. Together they have presented numerous workshops, on such topics as "ForensicFacial Reconstruction: Blending Science and Art," "Forensics Writing Workshops, "and "Tox-in" the City. They also engage in grant writing activities, and over the last ten years have procured over $30,000 in grant money for their school district. Miss Hagadorn is developing a new course entitled "Living off the grid," which is designed as cross-curricular collaboration with colleagues. As a NYS Master Teacher, Miss Hagadorn participated in several mini course offerings and is a member of the Elementary Science Kit Professional Learning Team. Miss Hagadorn is excited, and proud to be working with other Master Teachers as they develop projects to engage and excite students about STEM.

Sarah Halbig

Sarah Halbig

Shenendehowa School District

Sarah Halbig earned her BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Quinnipiac University and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Union Graduate College. In the classroom for five years, Ms. Halbig currently teaches Honors Living Environment, Environmental Science, and AIS Biology at Shenendehowa High School. She enjoys involving her students in scientific inquiry and using new technology in the classroom. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she coaches the Girls Modified 9 Soccer team, advises the Habitat for Humanity Club, and chaperones Ski Club. Ms. Halbig also leads international field trips to Costa Rica and Belize. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Halbig looks forward to collaborating with other STEM teachers to further enhance her teaching as well as sharing ideas and resources with other teachers in her school.

Mary Hanchar

Mary Hanchar

Master Teacher Emeritus

Niskayuna School District

Mary Conway Hanchar earned her BS in biology from Siena College, MS in Biology and Education from SUNY Albany, MS in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Development from New England College, and National Board Certification in Science. As a member of the Niskayuna School District community for over 25 years, Ms. Hanchar teaches science at Iroquois Middle School, where her students use many technologies including graphing calculators and digital microscopes. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Hanchar developed and implemented the Niskayuna School District's elementary STEM gifted and talented program, which includes working directly with gifted students and designing STEM professional development opportunities for elementary school teachers. Her professional interests include student engagement in science inquiry, research in practicing science labs, and the study of the redesign of science programming. Ms. Hanchar is committed to nurturing pre-service teachers, and has been an adjunct faculty member for over 15 years at Union University's School of Education. She was selected as a Woodrow Wilson Princeton University Fellow to create a lab manual for middle school science teachers, Health Research Institute Fellow at Wadsworth Laboratory, and an American Geological Institute Field Test Educator and Curriculum Development Advisor. Ms. Hanchar is looking forward to creative interaction with other NYS Master Teachers.

Rebecca Handford

Rebecca Handford

Shenendehowa School District

Rebecca Handford earned her BA in Mathematics as the class of 2009 valedictorian from Russell Sage College and Master of Arts in Teaching/Mathematics degree from Sage Graduate School in 2010. She began her teaching career at Notre Dame – Bishop Gibbons School in Schenectady, where she taught high school and college level mathematics for four years. She has spent the past five years teaching high school math at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park and currently teaches Pre-Calculus Honors and Algebra II with Lab. She enjoys relating the material to the real world and challenges her students to apply what they learn in class to their own lives. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Handford supports her students through participation in fundraisers, attendance in sporting events, and contributions to community programs. Outside of school, Mrs. Handford enjoys spending time with her family and playing softball. She hopes to inspire her two young children to love learning by modeling this behavior through the Master Teacher Program. In addition to her own learning, Mrs. Handford is looking forward to inspiring pre-service teachers throughout her time in this program.

Shannon Hansen

Shannon Hansen

Master Teacher Emeritus

Ballston Spa Central School District

Shannon Hansen earned her BA in geology and BA in art from Lafayette College, her MSEd from SUNY Plattsburgh and her National Board Certification in Chemistry. As an undergraduate, Ms. Hansen studied mapping in California and through the National Science Foundation, she conducted researched at Cambridge University in England. Her work was published in Mineralogical Magazine and she was awarded the Mineralogical Society of America's Undergraduate prize. She participated in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Astronomy Institute and was awarded a grant for coursework at Colorado School of Mines at Mesa Verde. In the classroom for 13 years, Ms. Hansen teaches chemistry and Earth Science at Ballston Spa High School. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she runs a community group focused on outside opportunities for families such as gardening, outdoor education and recreation. Ms. Hansen often takes field trips with her husband and four kids and shares those experiences with her students through her Twitter handle. With the NYS Master Teacher Program, Ms. Hansen aspires to connect ideas surrounding holistic learning that fuse English Language Arts, math, history, art and science in the classroom.

Willard Hardin

Willard Hardin III

Granville School District

Willard Hardin III earned his BA in Mathematics and MSEd in Instructional Technology and Media Management from SUNY Potsdam, a certificate in Teacher Leadership from SUNY Plattsburgh, and National Board Certification in Mathematics/Early Adolescence. Mr. Hardin also maintains certification as an Educational Technology Specialist and is a Level 2 Google Certified Educator. He began his teaching career in 2003 and is currently in his 13th year at the Granville Jr/Sr High School. Mr. Hardin currently teaches Advanced Placement (A) Calculus, AP Statistics, Algebra 2, and Precalculus. He is an avid technology user and advocate for the integration of technology into the classroom. Mr. Hardin is a regular presenter with organizations including the Hudson-Mohawk Valley Area Mathematics Association and the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State. Mr. Hardin serves as the Math Department Instructional Leader, is the Treasurer of the Teacher Union, and adviser of the National Honor Society and Math Club. In his free time, he sings with the Adirondack Voices and the Granville Area Chorus. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Hardin is excited about the professional development opportunities with teachers who share the same passion for 21st century STEM learning, and sharing best practices in expanding motivation, relevance, rigor, modeling, and success in mathematics education.

Jill Havens

Jill Havens

Master Teacher Emeritus

Cohoes City School District

Jill Havens earned her AA in sciences from Hudson Valley Community College, BS in Environmental Forestry and biology and Resource Management at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, and her MA in education from Antioch University in Seattle. Twelve years prior to entering a classroom, she spent several years doing biological field work. Mrs. Havens works in the Cohoes City School District, where she teaches 6th grade science and math. She is highly involved in activities in her school and community, where she grew up and now resides. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she is the co-advisor of the 8th Grade Activities Club at Cohoes Middle School, and for the last three years she has worked at the Bernard Harris Exxon-Mobil Science Summer Camp and the GE Girls Summer Science Camp. Mrs. Havens promotes the idea of Carl Sagan that, "Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge." She looks forward to the NYS Master Teacher Program professional development experiences that will deepen and broaden her content and pedagogical knowledge in order to fuel her students' love of science and learning.

Justin Haviland

Justin Haviland

Troy City School District

Justin Haviland earned his BS in Biology/Psychology and MAT in Secondary Education from Union College. In the classroom for over 13 years, Mr. Haviland teaches Regents Living Environment, Co-Teach Regents Living Environment, and Advanced Placement Biology at Troy High School. He is also the Head Coach of the Varsity Girls Soccer Team at Troy. For two years, Mr. Haviland was a Summer Research Fellow through Questar III BOCES at New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Labs in Albany. He worked with researchers looking into mutation events, retrovirus genetics, and antiretroviral therapies and has brought this knowledge into the classroom. Mr. Haviland most recently completed a NYSTEM summer research experience for teachers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. This opportunity allowed him to complete cutting edge Stem Cell research, collaborate with other Capital Region teachers, and design lessons to excite students about stem cell science. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Haviland looks forward to participating in the Biology Professional Learning Team and Girls in STEM, attending mini-courses on the Biology of Cancer, and networking with other STEM teachers who share similar excitement for science education.

Sean Higgins

Sean Higgins

Cairo-Durham Central School District

Sean Higgins earned his BS in Biology from St. Lawrence University and MEd in General Studies from St. Lawrence University. He is certified in Biology, Earth Science, and General Science. In the classroom room for 15 years, Mr. Higgins teaches Regents Earth Science, Regents Living Environment, co-taught Regents Earth Science and serves as a Distance Learning teacher for Meteorology at Cairo-Durham High School. Mr. Higgins serves as the Science Department Facilitator, and member of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Exploration Committee and Cairo-Durham District Goal Data Team. For the past two years, Mr. Higgins was a Research Fellow through Questar III BOCES at the NYS Department of Health in the Organic Analytical Laboratory at the Empire State Plaza. His work focused on the following study: "Determination of 89 drugs and other micropollutants in unfiltered wastewater and freshwater by LC-MS/MS: An alternative sample preparation approach". Mr. Higgins is a co-author of the manuscript that has been submitted for possible publication in a science journal on this research. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Higgins is looking forward to being a member of the Biology Professional Learning Team, participating in professional development activities, networking with other STEM teachers, and sharing best practices.

Melissa Hirt

Melissa Hirt

Albany City School District

Melissa Hirt earned her B.S. in Technology Education/Industrial Arts at SUNY Oswego and M.S.Ed. from the College of St. Rose. Ms. Hirt holds National Board Certification in Career and Technical Education and currently teaches middle school Technology and Engineering at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School. She brings hands-on, project-based learning, real-world experiences, and 21st century skills into the classroom to foster future success. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she mentors early career teachers and evaluates the Content Specialty Test. Ms. Hirt coaches the Robotics Club, preparing students for the FIRST LEGO League tournament and volunteers for FIRST LEGO League, Future Cities and Global Girls. Melissa works with the Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on curriculum development, pre-service teacher outreach, and professional development, and has presented at numerous conferences. Ms. Hirt is a member of the Capital District Technology and Engineering Teachers Association, and currently serves as the Northeastern District Vice-President for the NYS Technology and Engineering Teachers Association. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Hirt looks forward to collaborating with colleagues and exploring new ways to integrate all aspects of STEM into engaging classroom activities.

Jessica Hladik

Jessica Hladik

East Greenbush School District

Jessica Hladik earned her BS in Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Computer Science from Siena College and her MS in Applied Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In the classroom for over 18 years, Mrs. Hladik currently teaches Introduction to Algebra IA, Precalculus, Computer Programming, and Algebra II at Columbia High School. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she has been the Building Level Curriculum Specialist for mathematics, a member of the districtwide Committee for Curriculum Study, and advisor for NYS Math League, the Varsity and Junior Varsity Masterminds teams and the Siena College Computer Programming competition teams.
Mrs. Hladik is a member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State and the Capital District chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her children, being at the lake, playing strategy board games and binge-watching sci-fi with her husband. As a NYS Master Teacher, she is looking forward to participating in the Professional Conversations Professional Learning Team (PLT), and sharing and learning from her colleagues in the Math PLT.

Christopher Hood

Christopher Hood

Shenendehowa School District

Christopher Hood earned his BA in Biology from SUNY Geneseo and MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany. In the classroom for 14 years, Mr. Hood teaches Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Honors Biology and Forensic Science at Shenendehowa High School. He also serves as the ACT and SAT Testing Supervisor and has multiple roles within the athletic department. A strong advocate of local and international travel among students, he has chaperoned student groups to Belize and plans on taking students to Costa Rica and Hawaii. Mr. Hood has also directed the Forensic Science exhibit for the district's Science, Health and Discovery Night for the past five years. In the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Hood looks forward to working with other educators in sharing best practices.

Elizabeth Hoover

Shenendehowa Central School District

- Joined Fall 2019, Bio Coming Soon -

Jolene Hopkins

Master Teacher Emeritus

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District

Jolene Hopkins earned her BA in Earth Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and Master of Arts in Teaching in Earth Science from Union Graduate College. In the classroom for six years, Mrs. Hopkins teaches 8th Grade Physical Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District in Coeymans.

Edie Houle

Edie Houle

Galway School District

Edie Houle earned her BS in Exercise Physiology from Ithaca College with minors in Nutrition Science, Outdoor Recreation, and Health. She earned her MS in Teaching from Lehman College and began teaching in New York City in 2002. After teaching in NYC, Mrs. Houle moved upstate and has been teaching elementary school at the Joseph Henry Elementary school in Galway, NY for the past 13 years. She currently teaches 4th grade. Mrs. Houle began a career in education because she wanted to instill a love of science in young people just as her teachers had inspired in her. In 2017, Mrs. Houle was accepted to the highly selective NASA Airborne Astronomers program, as one of 22 people selected in the country. As an Airborne Astronomer she flew with NASA on their airborne observatory; SOFIA. Currently, Mrs. Houle does outreach around the area to education students and adults about infrared astronomy. In the classroom, Mrs. Houle's passion is using technology to enhance her students' learning and exposing them to ideas and concepts that they may not normally have access to. Outside of school, Mrs. Houle enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding, and backpacking.

Meagan Hughes

Meagan Hughes

Niskayuna School District

Meagan Hughes earned her BS in Chemistry from SUNY Brockport and MA in Chemistry from the University of Buffalo. She was honored with the Mattern-Tyler Award for Exemplary Teaching while in graduate school and recently received the Murray Award for Excellence in Education at Niskayuna High School. In her 17 years of teaching chemistry at Niskayuna High School, Mrs. Hughes has taught all levels of chemistry and serves as the co-advisor for National Honor Society. She has served as a member of the Professional Development Committee at the high school, where she helped present sessions on technology tools to her colleagues. For more than 10 years, Mrs. Hughes has assisted the New York State Education Department in developing test questions and helping to edit and analyze the Chemistry Regents exams. With two young children at home, she is constantly learning new Minecraft creatures and refereeing Nerf Battles. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Hughes is looking forward to exploring ways to help her students learn to communicate effectively in the scientific world. She is also excited about working with educators to further develop her teaching strategies, techniques, and content knowledge.

Rana Hughes

Rana Hughes

Saratoga Springs City School District

Rana Hughes earned her BA in Elementary Education with a concentration in English Literature at SUNY Plattsburgh and MS in Reading Instruction at the University at Albany. In addition, she is a certified Project Lead the Way (PLTW) lead teacher, allowing her to mentor new PLTW teachers. While working with children at a local community center prior to college, Mrs. Hughes knew that education was in her future. She started teaching at Dorothy Nolan Elementary in 1999 and has been teaching third grade for the past nine years. Mrs. Hughes creates a classroom community where students are problem solvers, leaders, and risk takers. She is a member of the Research and Development Committee, the Building Leadership Team, and is head building representative for the Teachers' Association. Empowering young girls to believe in themselves and their abilities recently inspired her to start the "Girls Chat Club". In her community, Mrs. Hughes is involved in the PTA and serves as a board member on the Ballston Spa Education Foundation which provides grants for local teachers. She also serves as a secretary on The Ryan Wersten MIOP (Malignant Infantile Osteopetrosis) Foundation Board and for the BSHS Theater Booster Club. Mrs. Hughes' greatest passion in the STEM field is creating an environment where her students can collaborate, problem solve, and make discoveries across the curriculum through problem-based learning. In her free time, she camps and snowboards. As a NYS Master Teacher, she is looking forward to exploring the wide range of professional development to further grow her teaching practice.

Darlene Kehn Hunter

Darlene Kehn Hunter

Averill Park Central School District

Darlene Kehn Hunter earned her BS in Meteorology from SUNY Oneonta and her Master of Arts in Teaching in Earth Science Education from Union Graduate College. Ms. Hunter worked at Hoosick Falls High School for the first seven years of her teaching career as an Earth Science and SUNY Earth Science Outreach Program Meteorology teacher and had the pleasure of co-leading geoscience trips for students to Yellowstone and Hawaii. She is currently in her ninth year teaching Earth Science at her alma mater, Averill Park High School, where she is also the Junior Varsity women's basketball coach. Ms. Hunter is a member of the Science Teachers Association of NYS, the National Science Teachers Association, and the Geological Society of America. Ms. Hunter is passionate about sharing experiences in the classroom and connecting them with local examples to help students gain an appreciation for their surroundings. She is currently a fellow in the Questar III BOCES Summer Science Research Program conducting hands-on research with a local college and applying it to her curriculum. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Hunter is excited to learn more about the interconnections and applications in the sciences with other teachers, specifically via collaboration on field experiences and local resources.

Nichole Huskie

Nichole Huskie-Simmons

Master Teacher Emeritus

Fort Ann School District

Nichole Huskie-Simmons earned her BS in biology from SUNY Geneseo and MS in Secondary Education from SUNY Albany. In the classroom for over ten years, Miss Huskie teaches 6th, 7th and 8th grade science at Fort Ann Central School. A strong advocate for inquiry based teaching methods, Miss Huskie involves her classes in student-created scientific investigations that emphasize problem solving. Her professional interests focus on enhancing science at the elementary level and mentoring new STEM teachers. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Miss Huskie is a Teacher Leader for Washington County area schools where she helps to create professional development opportunities and provides instructional support to new teachers. Miss Huskie is a dedicated life-long learner: In past summers, she participated in Cornell University's Biology Teachers Institute to research epigenetics and plant science, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute conference to study space science and the Next Generation Science Standards. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, she has participated in various workshops including "Science Saturday," and is a member of the Elementary Science Kits Professional Learning Team.

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Jennifer Jaskolka

Jennifer Jaskolka

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District

Jennifer Jaskolka earned her BS in Biology from SUNY Geneseo and MS in Secondary Science Education from SUNY Brockport. Before teaching, Ms. Jaskolka was a research lab technician at the University of Rochester, Cancer Center. In the classroom for 16 years, she currently teaches 7th and 8th grade at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS) Middle School. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Jaskolka is active with the Science Olympiad competition, serving as both coach for the RCS team and also Capital District Science Olympiad Regional Coordinator. At RCS, she is also advisor to the Astronomy, the Stamp and Crafting, and Garden Clubs, and has worked as Curriculum Content Specialist. Ms. Jaskolka is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and Science Teachers Association of NYS, and was awarded a Rising Star internship through the Dudley Observatory, ‘Outstanding Teacher of the Year' from Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, and an Earth Day grant for a ‘Native Wildflower Garden' on the school campus from the Air and Waste Management Association. As a NYS Master Teacher, she would like to expand the opportunity for students to experience STEM in their community and foster their love of the natural world.

Christopher Jennings

Christopher Jennings

Niskayuna School District

Christopher Jennings earned his BS in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Science Education from Cornell University, and National Board Certification in Adolescent Science. Mr. Jennings teaches Regents and Advanced Placement Biology at Niskayuna High School and is an adjunct professor for Schenectady County Community College's College in the High School program. Mr. Jennings has been awarded the General Electric Star award, the Stanford University Teacher Tribute Initiative Award, and the Cornell University Merrill Presidential Scholar Honorary Teacher Recognition Award. Mr. Jennings is co-advisor of the National Honor Society, advisor of the Horticulture Club, coordinator of the high school's Outdoor Science Classroom, and technology tools presenter to his colleagues. Mr. Jennings is an annual participant in the New York State Museum's Evolution Teacher Workshop series. Outside of teaching, Christopher enjoys all things food-related including cooking and growing his own produce. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Jennings looks forward to learning new and creative ways of using more technology tools and acquiring innovative content in relation to ecology, specifically climate change and invasive species biology.

Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston

Lake George School District

Jennifer Johnston graduated summa cum laude from LeMoyne College earning a BA in Mathematics with a concentration in Actuarial Science, and a minor in Business Administration. Mrs. Johnston first pursued a career as an actuary for Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP in New York City. Realizing her passion was to work with children, Mrs. Johnston went on to earn her MA in Mathematics Education from SUNY Albany. She is now a veteran teacher of 18 years and has primarily taught Algebra 2, Statistics, and currently coteaches a Science Research class. She is the mathematics department chair at Lake George High School, a member of the National Council of the Teachers of Mathematics, and the Association of Math Teachers of New York State. She has been the adviser for the Senior National Honor Society, a member of Forum, the school's shared decision-making team; has coached field hockey, basketball and the unified basketball team. In her free time, she enjoys coaching her children in youth sports, biking, and boating. Mrs. Johnston offers professional development to teachers in the area of standards-based grading and is enthusiastic about providing students with opportunities to realize their potential, achieve academic goals, and create lifelong learners. She is excited to be a part of the Master Teacher Program to collaborate with peers on best practices and participate in professional development in mathematics and the art of teaching.

Emily Jones

Emily Jones

Master Teacher Emeritus

Cairo-Durham Central School District

Emily Jones earned her BA in mathematics and art from Binghamton University and Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Mathematics from SUNY Albany. Prior to teaching full time, Mrs. Jones worked as a counselor and teacher at Binghamton University in the Upward Bound Residential Program assisting at risk students. Mrs. Jones spent a year learning other cultures' approach to education by teaching mathematics at Langley Grammar School in England. In the classroom 15 years, Mrs. Jones teaches Advance Placement and College Calculus, Accelerated Pre-Calculus, College Math Prep, Math Lab and Peer Mentoring at Cairo Durham High School. Mrs. Jones has created and advised the schools' Environmental Club for the past seven years. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Jones has been a cooperating teacher and has mentored new teachers just entering the profession. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Jones is looking forward to participating in the Mentoring Monday Program and the 3-D Printing mini-course.

Christopher Judd

Christopher Judd

Master Teacher Emeritus

Scotia-Glenville School District

Chris Judd earned his BS in Forest Biology and Master of Professional Studies in Forest Pathology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and MSEd in biology from Syracuse University. In the classroom for ten years, Mr. Judd first taught biology in Rockingham, N.C. before returning to NYS to teach biology, Science Research, and CISCO IT Essentials at Scotia-Glenville High School. After school, he runs the Computers for Kids, employing student-volunteers to refurbish donated PCs for community members in need. Outside of the village of Scotia, you may spot him running long distances on the byways of Schenectady County. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Judd hopes to help propel teaching into the 21st century by leveraging technology to engage New York students in more authentic learning that promotes problem-solving, research, and collaboration.

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Mark Kaercher

‌Mark Kaercher

Master Teacher Emeritus

North Colonie Central School District

Mark Kaercher earned his BS in Mathematics and Secondary Education, with a Business minor from SUNY Plattsburgh, and his MSEd in Mathematics Education at Plymouth State College. Mr. Kaercher taught math at Newport Middle High School in Newport, NH for 9 years. While there, he led the Mountain Biking Club. He was also awarded a 2001 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. Mr. Kaercher is now a Mathematics Teacher at Shaker High School, in Latham. Since joining Shaker that same year, he has served as a Technology Resource Teacher, a Cooperating Teacher for many pre­service teachers, and the Advisor for the New York Math League contests, and he has provided numerous instructional technology classes for district and area colleagues. From 2009 ­ 2011, Mr. Kaercher served as the facilitator for the SEMI High Tech University student and teacher programs, for which he received the SEMI Foundation Teacher of the Year award in 2011. He is honored to be a NYS Master Teacher, and looks forward to working with Professional Learning Teams in Math and Mentoring. In his free time, Mr. Kaercher enjoys DIY­projects, hiking, playing golf, and traveling with his family.

Brenda Kelliher

Brenda Kelliher

Schodack School District

Brenda Kelliher earned her BS in Biology from SUNY Geneseo and MS in Education from SUNY New Paltz. Mrs. Kelliher began her teaching career in 2000 at Schodack Central School District and has been teaching mathematics to fifth grade students in a departmentalized setting there for almost 20 years. During her first decade of teaching, Mrs. Kelliher got to know her students and local community members through service projects as the advisor for the Kiwanis Builders Club. She has been active in her district as a member of the Professional Practices Council, offers assistance to peers with technology as one of the building IT specialists, and is currently in her second year as Vice President of the Schodack Faculty Association. Several former students have invited her to their National Junior Honor Society induction as a teacher that made a difference in their educational career and some even return to her classroom as mentors to coach fifth grade students on difficult Math Olympiad questions. Mrs. Kelliher was named Schodack Central School District's Teacher of the Year in 2014. She is excited and proud to be a NYS Master Teacher and looks forward to the valuable professional development opportunities, collaborating with peers, and learning ways to enhance the classroom experience for her students.

Margaret Kelliher

Margaret Kelliher

Master Teacher Emeritus

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District

Margaret Kelliher earned her BA in Mathematics with a concentration in Computer Science from Binghamton University, MS in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic University, and teaching certification from the College of Saint Rose. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Kelliher worked as a Systems Analyst for North American Phillips, an Applications Engineer for GE Aerospace, and a Computer and Systems Engineer for GE Research. In the classroom for 11 years, Mrs. Kelliher currently teaches technology and math at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School and coaches the Robotics Team. She has also taught at Mohonasen High School, Schenectady High School, and Mont Pleasant Middle School. Mrs. Kelliher is "Project Lead the Way" instructor, certified in Digital Electronics and Introduction to Engineering Design. She has presented at the annual conference of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS on strategies for reluctant students, and she has led workshops for Girls Inc. Mrs. Kelliher especially likes two quotes attributed to Thomas Edison: "I have not failed. I've just found 10000 ways that won't work," and "We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work." As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Kelliher is looking forward to working with a very impressive group of educators to help integrate our approach to STEM education.

Carol Kelly

Carol Kelly

Master Teacher Emeritus

Guilderland School District

Carol Ann Kelly earned her BA in biology from The College of Saint Rose, MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany, and Certificate of Training in Electron Microscopy via an internship at VA Hospital in Albany. In the classroom for over 20 years, Mrs. Kelly has taught pre-K through graduate students, and is currently teaching Living Environment Regents, 8th grade Science, and 7th grade Science at Farnsworth Middle School. She is also advisor for the Organic Garden and Native Plant Sanctuary Club, Astronomy Club, Crochet Club and presently working with a colleague to re-establish a Nature Trail at Farnsworth. Respected for her inculcation of literacy and writing in science, Mrs. Kelly was one of three Capital Region members of the Capital District Writing Project to work on a Gates Foundation/National Writing Project grant for three years. It is evident that Mrs. Kelly's cherishes any and all opportunities to share her craft of teaching as she presents across the Capital Region (Fueling the Passion, Writing and Science, Common Core and Science), always highlighting the tremendous respect she has for all stakeholders in the profession of education. She is most honored by becoming a NYS Master Teacher this year and looks forward to collaborating with her colleagues.

Jodie Kimbrough

Jodie Kimbrough

Master Teacher Emeritus

North Colonie Central School District

Jodie Kimbrough earned her BS in chemistry and Master of Arts in Teaching in chemistry and General Science from Union College. She began her 18 year teaching career at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School and has spent the past 13 years at Shaker High School. Mrs. Kimbrough teaches Honors Chemistry and Chemistry Lab at Shaker High School. She was honored with the "Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher" Award from the Eastern Section of the American Chemical Society. As an active member of the school community, Mrs. Kimbrough is the advisor for the High School Medical Club and a long standing member of the National Honor Society Selection Committee. Along with reading, cooking, and gardening, each year she enjoys volunteering for the National Chemistry Week celebration activities at the NYS Museum. As a newly appointed NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Kimbrough is looking forward to meeting other STEM professionals and participating in professional development opportunities that will help foster her love of science and enhance classroom teaching.

Sarah Kowalski

Sarah Kowalski

Master Teacher Emeritus

North Colonie Central School District

Sarah Kowalski earned her BS in geology and MS in Science Education from SUNY Brockport. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Kowalski worked for SUNY Brockport through a grant awarded to the college from the NYS Geology Survey. In the classroom for 16 years, she teaches Earth Science and Natural Disasters at Shaker High School. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she has been the cooperating teacher for student teachers, and works for the NYS Education Department to develop the Earth Science Regent Exams. Mrs. Kowalski's love of learning and passion for science has led her to seize many professional development opportunities, including serving on the Building Council, participating in meetings hosted by the Teachers Association of NYS meetings, and traveling to the Green River in Colorado and Yellowstone National Park to take a geology course. Mrs. Kowalski finds inspiration for her students in the words of Winston Churchill: "Never, never, never give up". As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Kowalski is looking forward to participating in the upcoming mini-course on Chemistry and Physics in Earth Science, collaborating with her peers, presenting at the Capital Region NYS MTP Earth Science Share-a-thon, and participating in the Women in STEM and Earth Science Professional Learning Teams.

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Paul Levin

Paul Levin

Master Teacher Emeritus

Galway School District

Paul Levin earned his BA in geology and Masters of Science in Teaching in Secondary Science Education from SUNY Potsdam, and School District Administration certificate from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Mr. Levin's 19 year career teaching Earth Science spans the middle and high school grades. Courses he has taught include Forensics, Environmental Science, Oceanography, 7th grade Physical Science, and 8th grade Project Lead the Way, a hands-on project-based STEM curriculum. He currently teaches 10th grade at Galway High School. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Levin has been the Varsity Softball coach, Science Club advisor, class advisor, District Technology Trainer, Union building representative, and member of the Technology, Professional Development and Discipline Committees. Mr. Levin has also shared best practices with colleagues as a teacher trainer for the Washington Saratoga Board of Cooperative Educational Services, The Greater Capital Region Teacher Center, and North Hudson Electronic Education Empowerment Project Grant. As a Master Teacher, Mr. Levin is looking forward to expanding his content and pedagogical knowledge to better inspire his students.

Mary Liles

Mary Liles

Master Teacher Emeritus

New Lebanon School District

Mary Beth Liles earned her BA in biology from SUNY Plattsburgh and MS in Curriculum Development from SUNY Albany. Prior to teaching, she was a Semiconductor Engineer for IBM. After 10 years with IBM, her family relocated to North Carolina where she attended Meredith College and earned a certification in Elementary Education. In the classroom 20 years, Mrs. Liles started teaching 4th and 5th grade in public and charter schools in North Carolina. Afterwards, she expanded her certificate by earning the Middle Childhood Generalist National Board Certification, allowing her to teach middle school math and science. Mrs. Liles currently teaches 7th Grade Mathematics, 7th/8th Grade Accelerated Mathematics, 8th Grade Mathematics and 7th/8th Grade Academic Intervention Services at New Lebanon Junior/Senior High School. Mrs. Liles is passionate about her involvement with the Future Cities program, a program for middle grade students to learn engineering principles. Her students have reached national level competitions. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Liles is looking forward to working with beginning teachers, especially those teaching math at an elementary and middle school grade levels, and attending the summer professional development "Real World Math and Science" will be an exciting first step as she begins this journey.

Rachel Linehan

Bethlehem Central School District

- Joined Fall 2019, Bio Coming Soon -

Carolyn Litynski

Carolyn Litynski

Master Teacher Emeritus

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District

Carolyn Litynski earned her BA in Economics from Hamilton College, graduating second in her class, and Master of Arts in Teaching in Mathematics from the University of Chicago. Ms. Litynski spent a year of her undergraduate studies abroad, studying economics at the London School of Economics. In the classroom for 26 years, she has taught at both the college and high school level. She currently works at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High where she teaches Common Core Algebra I, University in the High School Precalculus (through SUNY Albany) and Advanced Placement Calculus AB. She runs the Math Club, is the Teacher Representative on the school Parent-Teacher-Student-Association, and has advised two student teachers. In the past six years, Ms. Litynski has applied for and received over $9000 in grants for mathematics laboratory equipment. She highly values and uses technology in the classroom and project-based learning. What she loves most about teaching is seeing her students smile as they too come to understand the beauty of mathematics. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Litynski is looking forward to furthering her education and creativity by engaging in the diverse array of NYS MTP workshops offered.

Robert Livingston

Robert Livingston

Hudson Falls Central School District

Robert Livingston earned his BS in Biology, BA in Environmental Studies, and MAT from SUNY Binghamton. Prior to his teaching career he worked as a Wilderness Ranger for the National Park Service at North Cascades National Park, which further strengthened his belief in the urgency to incorporate ecological literacy into science classrooms. A teacher of 17 years at Hudson Falls High School, he currently teaches Living Environment, STEM/General Chemistry, and an Environmental Science course that focuses on ecologically-engineered solutions to environmental problems. Active in a variety of curricular and teacher-leader programs for both Hudson Falls and Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex (WSHWE) BOCES, his current focus as Science Department Chairperson for Hudson Falls is the transition to the New York State Science Learning Standards and particularly what the Three Dimensional Learning model means for authentic scientific inquiry in the classroom. An instructor outside of school as well, Robert coaches a competitive indoor rock climbing team at Rocksport Climbing Gym, is a licensed NYS Rock and Ice Climbing Guide, and is a high-angle rescue volunteer for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Livingston looks forward to collaborating with fellow Master teachers, especially around emerging topics such as biologically-inspired engineering and architecture.

Stefanie Loomis

Stefanie Loomis

Catskill Central School District

Stefanie Loomis earned her BS in Chemistry from Siena College and her MS in Secondary Education from The College of Saint Rose. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Loomis was a research chemist for Albany Molecular Research and went into education because she wanted to make a difference in the world. She started teaching physics and chemistry at Catskill High School in 1999. Mrs. Loomis was given an opportunity to teach at the high school she attended and was excited to help the students at Catskill in the same way that her teachers had helped her. She is the co-advisor of the CHS Odyssey of the Mind and the Catskill High School Science Department Leader, and she helps develop Regents Exams for physics for the NYS Education Department. Outside of school, she likes to scrapbook and loves being a softball and soccer mom. Mrs. Loomis wants students to see that science is all around them and that it is important to understand how everyday items work. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Loomis looks forward to meeting and working with others in the field and learning more ways to engage her students as she teaches the importance of learning in science.

Toni Lynch

The Enlarged City School District of the City of Saratoga Springs

- Joined Fall 2019, Bio Coming Soon -

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Deborah Mabey

Master Teacher Emeritus

Hoosick Falls School District

Deborah Mabey, a National Board Certified Teacher and New York Educator Voice Fellow, earned her BS in Nutrition from Michigan State University and Post-Baccalaureate and MS in Secondary Science Education from Eastern Michigan University. In the classroom for 18 years, Mrs. Mabey teaches Earth Science, Living Environment, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Astronomy, and SUNY-ESF Global Environment at Hoosick Falls High School. A strong advocate for instruction that promotes mastery and that leads to lifelong inquiry, she involves her students in opportunities inside and outside school that allow every student to explore interests, refine skills, and receive the academic support he/she needs. Her professional interests focus on differentiated instruction and environmental education. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she serves as advisor for Student Council, High School Ski Club, and the Earth Club, and participated in the Questar III Summer Science Research Institute through which Mrs. Mabey was placed at a local research lab for two summers conducting research that she was able to share with her students. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Mabey has participated in many activities including mini-courses, and is a member of the Professional Conversations Professional Learning Team (PLT), and Action Research PLT, and has served on the Advisory Council for TeachNY.

Anthony Malikowski

Anthony Malikowski

Master Teacher Emeritus

Hoosick Falls School District

Anthony Malikowski earned BS in General Biology from Penn State University, Teaching Certificate from Kutztown University, and MSEd from SUNY Albany. In the classroom for 17 years, Mr. Malikowski teaches Regents Physics, Forensic Science, and College Physics at Indian Lake Central School.

Thomas Manera

Thomas Manera

Greenwich School District

Thomas Manera earned his BA in Biology from Rhode Island College and MS in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. He has served in the Army National Guard since 1987 as an enlisted Soldier and a commissioned officer, currently holding the rank of Major. Mr. Manera was an honor Graduate of the US Army's Command and General Staff Officer's Course. Major Manera has had multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the classroom for over 17 years, he teaches Regents Living Environment and Advanced Placement Biology at Greenwich Central School District. His differentiated classroom focuses on phenomena-based science inquiry lessons and problem-based laboratories. Professional interests include creatively bridging the Next Generation Science Standards to inspire students of all abilities. Mr. Manera has participated in numerous community support activities, volunteering, and helping those in need. He is the Students Against Destructive Decisions advisor, a member of the Greenwich community STEM action team, District STEAM team and serves on the high school building safety committee. Memberships include Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association, National Guard Association, Reserve Officer's Association and Science Teachers Association of NYS. He is humbled to be selected as a NYS Master Teacher and looks forward to advancing science in the classroom with other passionate STEM teachers.

Mary Mann

Mary Mann

South Glens Falls School District

Mary Mann earned her B.A. in Biology at Russell Sage College and her M.A.T. in Secondary Science at Union Graduate College. Mrs. Mann teaches Regents Chemistry, Foundations in Chemistry, and Advanced Placement Biology at South Glens Falls High School where she greatly enjoys working in integrated collaborative teaching partnerships, such as team teaching in the Math, Science, and Technology (MST) block of Regents Chemistry and Advanced Algebra Trigonometry. She finds great value in working with other teachers across disciplines to help students investigate authentic research, work as teams to creatively solve problems, and utilize multiple forms of technology to hone their presentation skills. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she is the Instructional Teacher Leader for the Science Department, class advisor for the freshman class, and committee member and volunteer for the South High Marathon Dance. Outside of school, Mary enjoys travelling, hiking in the Adirondacks, skiing, reading, and spending time with her family. As a Master Teacher, Mrs. Mann has joined the Chemistry and Curriculum Development PLTs, participated in the Hands-On Minds-On Lab Day, and taken the Tissue Engineering mini-course. Mary looks forward to continuing her collaborative work with teachers from across the Capital Region.

Tammy Moss-Hicks

Master Teacher Emeritus

South Glens Falls School District

Tammy Moss-Hicks earned her BS in Chemistry from Niagara University and Master of Science for Teachers from SUNY Plattsburgh. In the classroom for 22 years, Mrs. Moss-Hicks teaches Living Environment and Chemistry in the South Glens Falls School District.

Daniel Mattoon

Daniel Mattoon

Niskayuna Central School District

Daniel Mattoon earned his BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Siena, MAT in Secondary Education from Union University, and National Board Certification in Adolescent Mathematics. In 2016, Mr. Mattoon received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for New York State from President Obama. He has always loved the beauty of mathematics and believes that anyone can succeed in mathematics. Through this belief and his passion to help others, Mr. Mattoon began his teaching career in 2004. He currently teaches Geometry, Advanced Placement Computer Science, and Multivariable Calculus at Niskayuna High School. Mr. Mattoon is also the advisor of the Computer Science Club. He currently is on the Math Content Advisory Panel for the NYS Department of Education as well as the data manager for the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS). He also attends BOCES Math Leadership Meetings. In addition, Mr. Mattoon loves inspiring new teachers by teaching in the School of Education at Clarkson University. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Mattoon looks forward to working with other Master Teachers especially in the area of computer science education across grade levels.

Kaitlin McGann

Kaitlin McGann

Schodack Central School District

Kaitlin McGann earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Siena College and her M.A. in General Education from SUNY Albany. Ms. McGann teaches Regents Chemistry at Maple Hill High School, as well as Nanotechnology and Semiconductor Industry, a lab-based distance learning course she developed. Ms. McGann serves as Chemical Hygiene Officer and member of the Google Trainers group for Schodack Central School District. She is Coordinator of the Science Seminar Series, a program she began to help expose high school students to current practitioners in STEM careers and has served her students as a modified soccer coach, National Honor Society advisor, and Trivial Pursuit team coach. Kaitlin enjoys spending her summers immersed in STEM-based professional development such as the Research Experience for Teachers Program at the Cornell Center for Materials Research and as a Questar III Summer Science Fellow at Momentive Performance Materials. As a Master Teacher, Ms. McGann has joined Nanotechnology and Chemistry PLTs, attended Photoresists: from Microelectronic Devices to Tissue Engineering and The Biology of Cancer mini-courses, and participated in workshops on using Break-out Boxes and on writing Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning lessons. Kaitlin is passionate about finding ways to help her students be the masters of their own learning and is pleased to be connected to a larger professional development community through the NYSMTP.

Ankie Meuwissen

Ankie Meuwissen

Ballston Spa Central School District

Ankie Meuwissen earned her M.Sc. in Geophysics from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, where she grew up. She spent time at Penn State conducting her Master's Research, studying the subduction zone beneath Fiordland, New Zealand. She extended her stay in the US by teaching hands-on science classes at Nature's Classroom. There, she discovered her love for teaching and decided to move to New York. Ankie teaches Physics, college-level Astronomy, and a 9th grade Physical Science elective at Ballston Spa High School and has taught Earth Science and Astronomy at Skidmore College and Empire State College. Ankie has attended summer sessions to learn more about space at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, TX. She collaborated with NYSMTP colleagues, organizing community-wide Star Parties. prior to joining the program. As a Master Teacher, she has joined a Book Study and a Girls in STEM PLT, assisted at a Girls Rock STEM! event, and attended a Solar Eclipse Workshop. Ms. Meuwissen continually seeks excellent professional development to increase her knowledge, to enrich the learning environment for all of her students, and to discuss best practices with other educators. She is excited about expanding her collaboration with other NYS Master Teachers.

Katie Miller

Katie Miller

Hudson Falls School District

Katie Miller earned her BA in Mathematics from Siena College, where she studied abroad at the University of Technology Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica, and volunteered in the community as a teacher's assistant at a local YMCA. Through this experience, Katie discovered her love of teaching and went on to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching in Mathematics Education from Sage Graduate School. She was inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi during her graduate studies. Mrs. Miller has been in the classroom for 10 years and currently teaches Algebra 2 Honors, Math AIS, College Prep Algebra, and co-teaches Algebra 1 at Hudson Falls High School. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Katie is a member of the Building Team and participates in both Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 Professional Learning Communities. Outside of school, she enjoys vacationing with her family, boating on Glen Lake, and going to coffee shops. Mrs. Miller knows that her students will need mathematics to achieve future success and to make the future brighter for all of us. As a NYS Master Teacher, Katie is honored to collaborate with accomplished educators and learn more ways to make mathematics meaningful for her students.

Judy Moffitt

Judy Moffitt

Master Teacher Emeritus

South Glens Falls School District

Judy Chittenden Moffitt earned her BS in biology from Cornell University, MS in Secondary Education from the College of St. Rose, and National Board Certification in Chemistry. Mrs. Moffitt has been in the classroom since 1983, and currently teaches Regents Chemistry, MST (Math, Science, and Technology) Chemistry, and Syracuse University Project Advance Forensic Science in the South Glens Falls School District. Outside of the classroom, she has facilitated National Board for Professional Teaching Support Groups and worked as a Chemistry Mentor for the NYS Biology-Chemistry Professional Development. She is very involved in community and mentoring activities including being an adult mentor for "Sources of Strength," and raising awareness for heroin addiction. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her two dogs and friends, church activities, and working with other advocates to help make changes in the community. Mrs. Moffitt is looking forward to working with other enthusiastic NYS Master Teachers in designing and creating science kits for elementary schools as well as collaborating with other teachers in the Chemistry Professional Learning Team.

Laura Murawski

Cohoes City School District

- Joined Fall 2019, Bio Coming Soon -

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Angela Netoskie

Angela Netoskie

Niskayuna Central School District

Angela Netoskie earned her BS in Mathematics from Pace University, MA in Mathematics from the State University at Albany, and was enrolled in the Advanced Certificate Program in Mentoring & Teacher Leadership at Union Graduate College. Angela began teaching in September 1995 and was inspired to help others learn and enjoy the study of mathematics as she does. She believes mathematics is like a game, there are rules to follow and if they are followed, the answer always unfolds in front of you. She has been a recipient of the GE Star Award in 2013 and 2015. Mrs. Netoskie currently teaches Integrated Algebra B/Geometry A, Introduction to Statistics, and Advanced Placement BC Calculus at Niskayuna High School. In addition, she is the club advisor for the Model United Nations club and serves on the board for the Capital District Hunter Jumper Council. Angela enjoys horseback riding and competing in local and national events with her horse, Lucy. As a NYS Master Teacher, Angela looks forward to creating and maintaining professional relationships with the other Master Teachers and participating in professional development activities, which will provide her opportunity to grow in her profession to better teach and motivate all of her students.

Mary Ann Nickloy

Mary Ann Nickloy

Rotterdam-Mohonasen School District

Mary Ann Nickloy earned her A.A.S. in Early Childhood from SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology Cobleskill, her B.S. in Elementary Education/Mathematics from Russell Sage College, and M.S. Ed. in Reading from Sage Graduate School. Mrs. Nickloy teaches Mathematics at Draper Middle School in the Rotterdam-Mohonasen Central School District, where she serves as the Instructional Leader for the Mathematics Department. Mrs. Nickloy is an active member of professional associations such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, and Capital District Area Mathematics Supervisors. At the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center, Mrs. Nickloy provides professional development for teachers as a Mathematics Teacher Leadership Coach. She enjoys snowmobiling, is a board member on the Frontier Sno-Riders Snowmobile Club, and is a Certified New York State Snowmobile instructor. As a Master Teacher, Mary Ann has taken the Mathematical Ideas in Curve Stitching and String Art mini-course, participated in several workshops including Sphero Robots, Mathematical Art: Laser Engraving, Self-Correcting Google Forms, and National Weather Service Tour and Balloon Launch. She has joined the Nanotechnology PLT and attended the Deeper Dive into NYSSLS conference with Paul Andersen. Mrs. Nickloy looks forward to continued opportunities to receive and provide professional development in New York State and beyond.

Michelle Nowak

Michelle Nowak

Hudson City School District

Michelle Nowak earned her B.S. in Biology with a Minor in Spanish from Union College and M.A. in Educational Psychology from Marist College. She is a secondary science teacher in the Hudson City School District with experience teaching General and Applied Science, Veterinary Science, Botany, Environmental Science, and Regents Living Environment. Michelle offers a new course she designed to help students who have failed the Living Environment Regents multiple times. The course focuses on students' diverse educational needs and has been highly successful in increasing motivation and the overall Regents passing rate. Having facilitated conferences in active learning strategies for the Taconic Hills and Peru School Districts, Ms. Nowak promotes the development of differentiated science lessons that are engaging, challenging, and fun. Her innovative instructional practices have won her praise from administrators and students and the 2015-2016 NYS Senate Award for Teaching Excellence. Outside the classroom, Ms. Nowak spends time with her children, instructs Kick Boxing/Zumba, and tends to her organic gardens. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Nowak has participated in workshops on a range of topics including Google Classroom, Lab Day: Hands-On Minds-On Lab Activities, and POGIL: Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning. She looks forward to new opportunities for sharing her passion for teaching science and learning from her colleagues.

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Michael O’Brien

Michael O'Brien

Germantown School District

Michael O'Brien earned his BS in Chemistry from Siena College and MS in Adolescence Education from The College of Saint Rose. Mr. O'Brien began teaching as an Instructor of General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Lab at Siena College where he developed experiments for the laboratory curriculum and conducted research with the assistance of undergraduate students. He began working at Germantown Central School District in 2013 and teaches Chemistry, College in the High School General Chemistry I, Algebra I, and Biotechnology I and II. Outside the classroom, Mr. O'Brien is a member of the Technology Committee, the Instruction Technology Plan Team, and the 7-12 Curriculum and Instruction Committee. He is also the Germantown Cross Country coach and an Advisor for the Class of 2020. Mr. O'Brien is passionate about incorporating green chemistry into all levels of education and has offered several green chemistry workshops for secondary and collegiate educators that enable them to develop and integrate green chemistry experiments into their curriculum. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. O'Brien looks forward to collaborating with other enthusiastic educators to develop engaging, student-driven lessons, as well as, to continue to develop green chemistry-focused lessons and laboratory experiments for use in the classroom.

Paul O'Reilly

Paul O'Reilly

Bethlehem Central School District

Paul O'Reilly graduated Magna cum laude with a BS in Biology and an MS in Biology Education from SUNY Albany. In Paul's senior year he was named to the Alpha-Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for exceptional achievement in liberal arts education. Paul has been teaching for 25 years, 23 of them at Bethlehem Central High School. Paul now teaches AP Biology and Honors Biology. Mr. O'Reilly coaches Bethlehem's Masterminds, Science Bowl, and Science Olympiad teams. Under Paul's leadership the teams have had great success. Paul is a member of the Cornell institute of Biology teachers and the ASSET program also out of Cornell. He is currently working with BSCS Planting Science/Digging Deeper organization evaluating how best to teach students photosynthesis and cellular respiration. The collaboration with Digging Deeper allows Paul's students to work with researchers while they do inquiry into photosynthesis and respiration. As a NYS Master Teacher, Paul hopes to share ideas and content with other Master teachers. He would like to share some of what he has learned with new teachers just beginning to shape their craft. Mr. O'Reilly believes that, collectively, the Master Teachers are a treasure trove of experience which should be shared with the next generation of educators.

Elena Oldendorf

Averill Park Central School District

- Joined Fall 2019, Bio Coming Soon -

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Charlotte Osborne

Master Teacher Emeritus

Saratoga Springs City School District

Charlotte Osborne earned her BS in Geology from the University at Albany, Master of Arts in Teaching in Earth Science Teaching from Union College, and National Board Certification in 2008. In the classroom since 1998, she teaches Earth Science and Astronomy at Saratoga Springs High School. Her focus in education is to provide a rich student-centered inquiry and hands-on approach for learners to develop a deep understanding of science. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Osborne is the club adviser for her school's NASA Club, a rocket club that qualified for the National Team America Rocketry Challenge three years in a row. She served on the board of directors for the Challenger Learning Center of Tech Valley for five years. Her professional interests are collaborating with colleagues and keeping up to date on the latest space studies. Her hope is to inspire students to consider pursuing a career in the STEM fields. In her free time, Ms. Osborne enjoys reading, photography, and sailing in regattas.

Kimberly Osinski

Kimberly Osinski

Voorheesville Central School District

Kimberly Osinski graduated summa cum laude with a BS in biology and a Masters in Education from Canisius College. As an Oishei Fellowship Recipient at Canisius College, Ms. Osinski conducted biology research in the Philippines and Costa Rica. She started her teaching career in the Albany area as a biology and chemistry teacher at Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons in Schenectady. A veteran with eight years experience, she now teaches Regents and Advanced Placement Chemistry at C.A. Bouton High School in Voorheesville. Ms. Osinski is the Assistant Coach for the Science Olympiad Team, and has proudly taken her team to the state competition for two consecutive years. She also serves as the Science Department representative for the Academic Steering Committee. Traveling is one of Ms. Osinski's greatest passions; past adventures include whale watching and fishing off the coast of Vancouver Island and snowboarding through the Alps in Switzerland and Italy. Ms. Osinski also loves to read, and highly recommends the book Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin. As a NYS Master Teacher, Kimberly is looking forward to deepening her content knowledge (with the spring mini-course on the Chemistry and Physics of Earth Science, for example) and sharing best practices with her fellow Master Teachers.

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Crystal Perno

Master Teacher Emeritus

Saratoga Springs City School District

Crystal Perno earned her BS in Geology from James Madison University, MS in Atmospheric Science from Ohio State University, and MA in Secondary Science Education from Adelphi University. At Ohio State, Mrs. Perno researched tropical cyclone genesis under the direction of Dr. Hobgood and Dr. Hennon of the National Hurricane Center. In the classroom for eight years, Mrs. Perno taught Earth Science and Introductory Science at Saratoga Springs High School and is now teaching Earth Science and 8th grade science at Acadia Middle School in the Shenendehowa District. As an accomplished high school science teacher, Mrs. Perno values the whole child and strives to teach her students to believe in themselves and reach their individualized educational goals. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Perno is passionate about long distance running. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Perno co-facilitates the Elementary Science Kits Professional Learning Team dedicated to designing and creating science kits for elementary schools. Mrs. Perno's favorite part about teaching STEM is seeing the excitement in her students when they see how science applies to their everyday life.

Kathryn Perry

Kathryn Perry

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District

As a child, the love of water and teaching younger kids how to swim inspired Kathryn Perry to become a teacher. She earned her BS in Home Economics Education from Cornell University, MS in Elementary Education from the College at New Paltz, and her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University at Albany. Her experiences during the early 80's teaching at the US Military Academy's West Point Middle School and learning to program in BASIC on the school's brand new TRS-80, sparked her passion for mathematics and computer science. She regularly developed computing experiences in order to facilitate content-area learning and the development of reasoning capabilities. While teaching, Kathryn continued computer science/math coursework, and eventually left public education in order to work full-time as a software engineer. She is thrilled to have returned to education, currently teaching upper level computer science courses as a member of the mathematics department at Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake High School. Kathryn advises Coding Club and serves as a Master Teacher for the University of California at Berkeley's Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) group. As a NYS Master Teacher, she looks forward to collaborating with fellow teachers on projects that foster STEM learning. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys the outdoors -- gardening, running, biking, and especially swimming.

Jennifer Phillips-Krakat

Jennifer Phillips-Krakat

North Colonie Central School District

Jennifer Phillips-Krakat earned her B.S. in Biology from Siena College and her M.S. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the College of St. Rose. Mrs. Phillips-Krakat teaches Biology and Forensic Science at Shaker High School. An advocate of student-centered and project-based learning, Mrs. Phillips-Krakat strives to create curriculum that helps students understand science while building critical thinking skills and enthusiasm. Mrs. Phillips-Krakat is an avid environmentalist who shares her interest with students by serving as advisor of Shaker's Environmental Club and coordinator of projects such as Adopt-a-Bison, Earth Day art competitions, and the creation of a courtyard pollinator garden. Mrs. Phillips-Krakat is involved with science activities at the elementary, middle and high school levels as a Science Career Day committee member, a judge for the elementary school science fair, and the director of Farnsworth Middle School's Butterfly Station, an environmental program where student volunteers educate community members about local ecology. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Phillips-Krakat has attended the Tissue Engineering: Fundamental Cell Biology and Medical Applications and The Biology of Cancer mini-courses and participated in Albany Professional Conversations and POGIL: Problem Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning training. Jennifer looks forward to continuing collaboration with colleagues who share her dedication and enthusiasm for science education.

Laura Picardi

Laura Picardi

Shenendehowa School District

Laura Picardi earned her BS in Biology from LeMoyne College and Master of Arts in Teaching from Union Graduate College. Mrs. Picardi taught 7th grade Life Science at Iroquois Middle School in the Niskayuna School District and is currently teaching 7th grade Life Science at Acadia Middle School in the Shenendehowa School District. Prior to her career in teaching, she sold pharmaceuticals for Marion Merrell Dow and earned Regional Sales Person of the Year. Mrs. Picardi was a Clarkson University Capital District Masters in Teaching Mentor for the 2016-2017 school year. She also organizes Team Invention Day, a day-long student-driven event of problem-solving, research, and inventing or modifying existing products to be displayed at SHEN Inventors (a Parent Teacher Association event). In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, hiking, and spending time with her husband and three grown children. She volunteers for Code Blue Saratoga delivering meals and working in the shelter. Since student engagement in the classroom is key, Mrs. Picardi is always seeking new activities that will spark interest, thinking, and learning for her students. She is thrilled to be a NYS Master Teacher, and is eager to collaborate with others who share her excitement for STEM education.

Jennifer Plourde

Jennifer Plourde

Saratoga Springs City School District

Jennifer Plourde earned her B.S. in Sciences from Ithaca College and two M.A.T. degrees – one in Education from Elmira College and the other in Secondary Education from Union Graduate College. Mrs. Plourde teaches Living Environment at Saratoga Springs High School. Before teaching, she practiced as a certified Athletic Trainer at Skidmore College. Outside the classroom, Jennifer participates in activities such as the Mentor Program, the SPRING program (Success and Perseverance in Ninth Grade), and chaperones as often as possible to meet students outside of her own classroom. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons and baking in any free time she has left. At Saratoga Springs High School, Mrs. Plourde co-led a professional development course titled "Best Practices to Address Gender-based Learning Preferences" and would like to explore this topic further with other Master Teachers, so that she can apply her learning to her classroom. As a Master Teacher, Mrs. Plourde has taken The Biology of Cancer mini-course, participated in a variety of Professional Conversations, and attended workshops on Google Docs, Drives and Forms and on How to Motivate Unmotivated Students. Jennifer looks forward to continuing to share ideas and best practices with other professionals who are passionate about their work.

Nathan Porter

Nathan Porter

Schodack Central School District

Nathan Porter earned his BS in Physics with a minor in Mathematics in 2011 and his MAT in Adolescence Education in 2012 from Ithaca College. While at Ithaca, Mr. Porter researched Physics Education Instruction. He studied how undergraduates perceive the nature of science and initiated research on the plausibility of building a Naked-Eye observatory on campus. In 2012, Mr. Porter began and still teaches at Maple Hill High School. His course load has consisted of: Regents Earth Science, Conceptual Physics, Regents Physics, AP Physics 1, and Coding. At Maple Hill, Mr. Porter serves on the Technology Committee and has served as advisor for the Recycling and Makers' clubs. He currently coaches the Maple Hill Middle School modified boys' basketball team. Outside of the Maple Hill community, Mr. Porter is an adjunct lecturer at Siena College for the education department and enjoys cycling. As a STEM teacher, Nathan follows Ben Franklin's creed, "Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn." In his classroom, Mr. Porter creates a student-centered environment as his students complete inquiry-driven experiments. Nathan is thrilled to join the Master Teacher Program to continue to build his research-based teaching practices by networking with other physics teachers in the Capital Region.

Joseph Porto

Joseph Porto

Master Teacher Emeritus

Shenendehowa Central School District

Joseph Porto earned his B.S. in physics from SUNY Albany and M.S. in Secondary Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. Mr. Porto started his teaching career at the middle school level teaching general science. During that time, he was able to teach higher-level physics as an Adjunct Physics Instructor at SUNY Adirondack. Mr. Porto currently teaches Regents Physics and Principles of Physics at Shenendehowa High School. In his free time, Joseph enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his family. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Porto looks forward to many professional development opportunities and is especially interested in meeting with other physics teachers and sharing new ideas that can connect to other subject areas. Since joining the Master Teacher Program, Mr. Porto has enjoyed many diverse PD opportunities including pertinent workshops such as Google Earth, Project-Based Learning, Science Demo Day, Annual MTP Conferences, and many others. He has also enjoyed being a part of the Energy PLT which has had tours and education in geothermal facilities, solar companies, the NYISO, and more.

Amanda Powers

Amanda Powers

Cohoes City School District

Amanda Powers earned her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Faith, Peace, and Justice from Boston College, her M.A. in Science Education from City College, and her M.P.H. in Community Health Education from Hunter College. Mrs. Powers teaches Honors Living Environment, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Advanced Placement Biology at Cohoes High School. At CHS, Mrs. Powers is the National Honor Society Advisor and Co-Coordinator of the annual Earth Day event. Amanda is inspired by the curious nature of her students and loves kindling their enthusiasm for learning science. As a member of the National Science Teachers Association of NYS (STANYS) and the New York Biology Teacher's Association, Mrs. Powers has attended professional development training in Formative Assessment and Common Core practices at Columbia Teacher's College, in Biology class curriculum development at the American Museum of Natural History, and in STEM practices at the annual STANYS Conference. As a NYS Master Teacher, Amanda has joined the Biology PLT, attended Girls in STEM and Civics in STEM workshops, and participated in several Professional Conversations on topics that include 1:1 computing, student motivation, and honors and accelerated STEM programs. Mrs. Powers looks forward to continuing her development of rigorous science curricula, accessing resources that engage students in science, and sharing new STEM ideas with other teachers in her school and district.

Diana Prout

Diana Prout

Master Teacher Emeritus

East Greenbush School District

Diana Prout earned her AAS in Veterinary Science from SUNY Delhi, and worked as a microbiologist and animal health technician for several years before pursuing her BA in Biology/Secondary Education from The College of St. Rose, and Master of Science for Teachers from Union College. In the classroom for 25 years, Mrs. Prout has taught 7th grade science, Biology, and Chemistry, and has served as Department Chair at Columbia High School in East Greenbush Central School District. Her passion for encouraging students to be innovative problem solvers led her to become the Head Coach of the Columbia Science Olympiad Team. Her proudest achievement over the last 20 years has been helping the team climb the ranks within NYS to be named State Champions in 2015. Mrs. Prout has mentored many pre-service and early career teachers, and as a NYS Master Teacher, looks forward to the opportunity to develop innovative ways to encourage an enthusiastic new generation of STEM teachers. With the NYS Master Teacher Program, she is a member of the Energy, and Chemistry Professional Learning Teams, and attended the "SciGirls" training. She credits the "Google Docs" workshop with new knowledge that she can share with her colleagues as her high school transitions into a Google school.

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Andrew Quell

Andrew Quell

Shenendehowa Central School District

Andrew Quell earned his B.A. in Biology and Secondary Education from the College of Saint Rose and his M.S. in the Science of Teaching Mathematics and Science from Union Graduate College. Mr. Quell teaches seventh grade life science at Acadia Middle School in the Shenendehowa Central School District. He is a Level 2 Certified Google Teacher and serves on the building technology team. Andrew also teaches Intro to Biology at the College of Saint Rose and co-authored a journal article entitled "A Sweet Dive into the Gene Pool: An Easy Look at p & q" published in The American Biology Teacher. When not in the classroom, Mr. Quell is the mentoring coordinator for the local chapter of Ice Hockey Officials and an avid hiker who loves the outdoors and inspiring students to share that enthusiasm. As a Master Teacher, Andrew has attended The Biology of Cancer and Mathematics Ideas in Curve Stitching and String Art mini-courses, shared ideas with colleagues through a series of Professional Conversations, joined the Beekeeping PLT, and participated in the Flipped Classroom and Team Based Learning workshop. Mr. Quell looks forward to continuing work with his local Biology PLT and to sharing STEM ideas through peer professional development.

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Eileen Ragone

Eileen Ragone

Albany City School District

Eileen Ragone earned her BS in Biology from University at Albany and her MS in Education from Western Governors University. After college, Mrs. Ragone became a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and worked in the Microbiology Laboratory at Albany Medical Center. She was inspired to become a teacher after reflecting upon her own educational experiences. Amazing teachers gave her confidence even when learning material was difficult and she had to work harder than others. She now teaches Regents Chemistry & Advanced Placement Biology at Albany High School. She believes in a student-centered classroom where students are active in the learning process. She finds inspiration in Benjamin Franklin's quote, "Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will learn." Mrs. Ragone serves on the Building Leadership Team, which strives to continually improve Albany High School's growth in student success. She is also the coordinator of V-Healthy Day which teaches students about vascular health. She participated in a yearlong study through SUNY Albany to create, adapt, and modify lessons for ENL (English as a New Language) students. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Ragone looks forward to opportunities that will inspire her students in the STEM field and help them grow as learners.

Regina Reals

Regina Reals

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District

Regina Reals received a BS in Chemistry with American Chemical Society certification from SUNY Geneseo, and her MS in Chemical Education from the University at Albany. Immediately after college, Regina worked for an environmental laboratory as a technician. Ms. Reals began her teaching career in the Broadalbin-Perth School District, eventually joining the faculty of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD in 1998 where she teaches Regents Chemistry, Introduction to Chemistry and directs the Science Research program. Through the University at Albany Research Foundation, she trains teachers to direct their own Science Research programs. Regina also directs the Eastern Section of NY Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, is a board member of the Greater Capital Region Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), and a member of the Science Teachers Association of NYS. Ms. Reals presents nationally on school-industry collaborations and has sponsored many nationally recognized student science projects. Throughout the years, many of Regina's students have benefited from her passion for creating opportunities for them to collaborate with the scientific community and discover the integral role science plays in their daily lives. In her personal life, Regina coaches recreational soccer, is a classically trained vocalist, and enjoys getting her fingers dirty in her gardens.

Christopher Reddy

Christopher Reddy

Averill Park Central School District

Christopher Reddy earned his B.S. in Environmental Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and his M.S. in Adolescent Education from The College of St. Rose. After his undergraduate studies, Christopher moved to Alaska and worked with salmon on a secluded remote island. He moved back to the northeast in 2006 and leapt head-first into education and now teaches Earth Science and BIOL 105: The Human Gene at Averill Park High School. Aside from teaching, Mr. Reddy seeks to continually improving upon ways to teach science and has developed a pedagogy and methodology to instruct learners in laboratory science at a distance through Interactive Television. To hold himself accountable for what he reads and learns, Christopher writes and has been published several times which helps him in his newest initiative: working on a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology specializing in learning at SUNY Albany. As a Master Teacher, Mr. Reddy has attended Photoresists: From the Manufacture of Microelectronic Devices to Tissue Engineering and The Biology of Cancer mini-courses, participated in workshops on forensic analysis and Google tools, and joined a variety of Book Talks and Professional Conversations. With the paraphrased quote "If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room…" in mind, Mr. Reddy is excited by the prospect of spending more time in the right room - a room full of Master Teachers.

Karyn Rees

Karyn Rees

Master Teacher Emeritus

Averill Park Central School District

Karyn Rees earned her BS in Engineering and Management from Clarkson University and MSEd from SUNY Albany. In the classroom eight years, Mrs. Rees teaches Physics at Averill Park High School, and serves as the Leader of the STEM Fair for sixth graders. Prior to teaching, she worked as a National Account Executive for AT&T on the General Electric Sales Team, earning a Sales Vice President Pinnacle Award. Mrs. Rees is a co-leader of a Girl Scout Cadette Troop, volunteers with organizations feeding the hungry, and is currently a member of the Science Teachers Association of NYS. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, music, cooking and travel. The highlight of her summer is the Grey Fox Bluegrass Music Festival in Oak Hill. In her tenure as a NYS Master Teacher, she looks forward to professional development opportunities collaborating with enthusiastic professionals, and working with pre-service science teachers to inspire them to become Middle School Science Teachers.

Rachel Rehbit

Rachel Rehbit

Bethlehem Central School District

Rachel Rehbit earned her BA in Biology 7-12 Education with magna cum laude honors from The College of Saint Rose, and her MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Rehbit enjoyed working with children in outdoor activities. She began teaching in 2004 at Bethlehem Central High School where she currently teaches Biology (Living Environment) at both the Regents and Honors levels. At school, Mrs. Rehbit chaperones dances, attends sporting events, and participates in Girls Night Out (an annual event to support high school girls in developing a healthy lifestyle and positive self esteem). Outside of school, Mrs. Rehbit enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, and running. As a NYS Master Teacher, she looks forward to collaborating with other Master Teachers while learning to incorporate new ideas to enrich her students' educational experiences.

Jason Reinhard

Jason Reinhard

Master Teacher Emeritus

Cairo-Durham Central School District

Jason Reinhard earned his BA in mathematics from Marist College, and MS in Mathematics Education from Syracuse University. In the classroom over ten years, Mr. Reinhard teachers Regents Algebra 1 and Algebra Concepts at Cairo-Durham High School. A strong advocate for all high school students to take a 4-year math sequence, he facilitated the creation of a program preparing students for college entrance math exams. Mr. Reinhard's professional interests focus on brain-based learning and helping his students build their confidence in mathematics. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves as the Math Department Facilitator for grades 6-12, and is a member of the High School and Middle School Leadership Teams. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Reinhard is a member of the Algebra Professional Learning Team and participated in the STEM Saturday and Bring Your Own Math/Science Night workshops.

George Reluzco

‌George Reluzco

Master Teacher Emeritus

Rotterdam-Mohonasen School District

George Reluzco earned his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont and a graduate teaching certificate in Technology Education from the College of St. Rose. In the classroom for 13 years, Mr. Reluzco teaches Intro to Engineering Design, Robotics, Aerospace Engineering, and Principals of Engineering at Mohonasen High School in Rotterdam. His professional focus is preparing students to be college and career ready by developing their 21st Century STEM. Mr. Reluzco is a strong advocate for hands-on, project-based learning, and is currently coaching the FIRST robotics team at his school. He was recently honored as a Teacher Scholar by the Scholar Recognition program of the Capital Area School Development Association. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. Reluzco has participated in mini-courses including the Geo-Science of Hydro-fracturing, Fractals & 3D Data Processing, and the Safety of Genetically Engineered Food, and the workshop to learn Google Tools for Educators.

Michelle Riley

Michelle Riley

Master Teacher Emeritus

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District

Michelle Riley earned her BA in Mathematics Education from Elmira College and her MA in Gifted Education at Teachers College Columbia University. In the classroom for five years, she teaches Regents Common Core Geometry, Algebra 2 & Trigonometry at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. Mrs. Riley is a strong believer in providing students with multiple pathways for their learning and engages her students in creating 3-dimensional graphic organizers and study guides, and in using a graphing calculator to do investigative learning. Past accolades include a grant from the Bender Scientific Fund from the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital District to purchase a classroom set of graphing calculators and related educator tools. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Riley has participated in the Fractals & 3D Data Processing mini-course, and various workshops such as the "Building and Keeping Strong Math Foundations," and is a member of the Women in STEM Professional Learning Team.

Douglas Rosenberg

Douglas Rosenberg

Master Teacher Emeritus

South Colonie Central School District

Douglas Rosenberg graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Mathematics and MS in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University at Albany, receiving the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award as a graduate student. In the classroom for eight years, Mr. Rosenberg teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB and BC at Colonie Central High School and an after school SAT preparation course. He is an advisor for both the Math Club and MasterMinds team, a mentor for pre-service teachers, a chaperone and volunteer at numerous sporting and fundraising events, and has served a three-year term on the Curriculum Review Board. Mr. Rosenberg was recently names a Lead Learner at his school to help create professional development opportunities for other members of the high school faculty. Mr. Rosenberg shares his experience as Adjunct Professor at Union Graduate College's School of Education, where he helps prospective math teachers begin their journey into education. As a Master Teacher, Mr. Rosenberg looks forward to enhancing his content and pedagogical knowledge for his high school students and pre-service teacher colleagues.

Todd Rosenberg

‌Todd Rosenberg

Master Teacher Emeritus

Saratoga Springs City School District

Todd Rosenberg earned his BS in Atmospheric Science from the SUNY Albany in 1997, and Masters of Arts in Education in 2006 from Empire State College. Prior to teaching, Mr. Rosenberg worked as a meteorologist with experience in aviation and marine forecasting, and taught Astronomy and Earth Science in the Saratoga Springs City School District. He currently teaches 7th grade science. He is a member of his School District's K-12 Science Task Force, a mentor for new teachers and presenter at Science Night at Maple Ave Middle School. Mr. Rosenberg is also an Education Specialist for New York State's Department of Education, involved with Earth Science and Intermediate Level Science assessments and the Next Generation Science Standards review. Mr. Rosenberg also supervises the scoring of edTPA portfolios assessing new science teacher candidates. His hobbies include traveling to the Adirondacks where he enjoys kayaking, hiking and sightseeing with his wife and two children. As a new Master Teacher, he is looking forward to sharing his skills, knowledge and love of teaching science with other teachers, and helping new teacher candidates navigate their way to a personally fulfilling career in education.

Pamela Rosi

Pamela Rosi

Master Teacher Emeritus

North Colonie Central School District

Pamela Rosi earned her BS Mechanical Engineering and M.Eng. in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked as a Mechanical Engineer for General Electric and as a Civil Engineer in the NYS Air National Guard. In the classroom 18 years, Ms. Rosi teaches physics and chemistry at Shaker High School. She appreciates Astronaut Mae Jemison's quote that expresses the importance of both Arts and Sciences: "The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin even, or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity." As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Rosi is looking forward to furthering her education and creativity by engaging in the diverse array of topics offered in the mini-courses.

Thomas Ross

East Greenbush Central School District

- Joined Fall 2019, Bio Coming Soon -

Gary Rothenbucher

‌Gary Rothenbucher

Master Teacher Emeritus

Hunter-Tannersville School District

Gary Rothenbucher earned his AAS in Natural Resources Conservation from SUNY Morrisville, BS in Wildlife Resources from West Virginia University, BS in Secondary Education Biology from SUNY Oneonta, MS in Natural Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and National Board Certification in Adolescent and Young Adult Science. Prior to teaching, Mr. Rothenbucher worked as a Land Surveyor and CAD (computer-aided design) Draftsman. In the classroom for over 20 years, Mr. Rothenbucher teaches Biology and Chemistry at Hunter­Tannersville Central School where he also serves as the Yearbook Adviser, mentors new science teachers, and is active in the district's continuing efforts to engage students and teachers in digital learning experiences. Mr. Rothenbucher has also volunteered his time at his local school district as a Bio Team Leader in a stream monitoring project. He finds inspiration in the words of John Burroughs: "Joy in the universe and keen curiosity about it all ­ that has been my religion". As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Rothenbucher is looking forward to collaborating with other STEM educators to deepen and expand his content and pedagogical knowledge so he may better inspire his students and rekindle their love of learning.

Jamie Rowe

Jamie Rowe

Bethlehem Central School District

Jamie Rowe earned her B.S. in Atmospheric Science and her M.S. in Education from SUNY Albany. Ms. Rowe teaches three levels of Science Research, Astronomy, as part of an Earth Science Outreach Program through SUNY Oneonta and Wildlife Biology at Bethlehem Central High School where she is a member of the STEAM Advisory Committee. Jamie is a past recipient of a Geoscience Teachers in the National Parks Internship and spent six weeks at Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, working with their Science and Research teams. She was recently chosen to be a NASA/IPAC (Infrared Processing and Analysis Center) Teacher Archive Research Program Intern for 2017 and is a member of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, the National Science Teachers Association, and the American Astronomical Society. As a Master Teacher, Ms. Rowe has joined the Earth Science PLT, participated in Professional Conversations, and attended workshops on beekeeping, POGILs: Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning, and forensic science. She looks forward to continuing to improve her own teaching skills and to collaborating with fellow Master teachers to produce quality classroom materials.

Kelly Ryan

Kelly Ryan

Master Teacher Emeritus

North Colonie Central School District

Kelly Ryan earned her BS in biology from SUNY Buffalo and MSEd from SUNY Albany. A veteran teacher of 26 years, Mrs. Ryan teaches biology and Forensic Science at Shaker High School. A believer that the path to student achievement is through the application of scientific concepts to the real world, she regularly incorporates problem-based learning activities and the case study method of teaching science into her curricula. Mrs. Ryan is active in professional associations, serving as a Living Environment Subject Area Representative (SAR) for the Eastern Section of Science Teachers Association of NYS. In this role, she provides professional development to colleagues at both the local and state levels. Past accolades include the 2012 New York Outstanding Biology Teacher Award, given in recognition of excellence in the teaching of biology and service of the profession as determined by the National Association of Biology Teachers, and the 2012 Science Teachers Association of New York State Eastern Section Service Award. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, she has participated in mini-courses, including Measuring Climate Change and The Safety of Genetically Engineered Food, and is a member of the Women in STEM Professional Learning Team.

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Kacie Sandbrook

Schalmont Central School District

- Joined Fall 2019, Bio Coming Soon -

Paul Scott

Master Teacher Emeritus

Niskayuna School District

Paul Scott earned his BS in Geological Engineering from Cornell University, MS in Geology from Penn State, Master of Arts in Teaching from Union College, and National Board Certification in Science. Prior to teaching, Mr. Scott worked for BP Exploration in Houston, TX as an Exploration Geologist in their Gulf Coast Operations. In the classroom for 21 years, Mr. Scott teaches Earth Science and Environmental Science at Niskayuna High School and also serves as the Science Department Teacher Leader. He has received several awards and honors, including 5-time GE Star Award winner and a NYS Finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science. He tells his students every day to "Think Science!" and they get plenty of practice as part of the Science Bowl Team and the Recycling Club, which he advises. He has led students on geology field trips to the Grand Canyon and climate studies on the continental ice sheet of Greenland. When not teaching, he is working with teachers to perfect their craft in a course called "Data Driven Instruction" at Union Graduate College. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Scott is looking forward to incorporating and integrating a "flipped classroom" model into his repertoire.

John Scrivo

John Scrivo

Saratoga Springs City School District

John Scrivo earned his B.S. in Biology and Secondary Education from The College of New Jersey and his M.S. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. As an undergraduate, Mr. Scrivo participated in a summer internship with The Darrin Fresh Water Institute in Lake George. In graduate school, John presented his research on pollution microbiology at an American Society of Microbiology conference. Mr. Scrivo teaches Physical Science and Living Environment at Maple Avenue Middle School where he chairs the middle school science department, advises the Science Club and Science Bowl, and co-advises the Ski Club. John serves on several committees, has been awarded two grants for innovative technology use, and is founder and coordinator of his school's annual science night. He credits his teaching success to his teacher mentor and longtime friend Ann Lomanto. Mr. Scrivo is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and a two-time presenter at the NYS Middle School Association Conference. As a NYS Master Teacher, John has taken The Biology of Cancer and Tissue Engineering mini-courses, attended a Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning workshop, and participated in several Professional Conversations on topics that include 1:1 computing, student motivation and course acceleration. Mr. Scrivo looks forward to continuing to learn and share best practices with fellow Master Teachers and with members of his science department.

Stacey Sebert

Stacey Sebert

South Colonie Central School District

Stacey Sebert graduated Cum Laude from Stony Brook University with a B.S. in Biology, concentrating in Marine Biology and Medicine. She received her M.S. in Biology Education at SUNY Albany. Ms. Sebert has worked with the Capital Region Science Education Partnership and the National Science Foundation developing science curriculum for elementary teachers. Ms. Sebert teaches 7th and 8th grade Physical and Earth Sciences at Sand Creek Middle School and has taught biology to future nursing students. Ms. Sebert has coached students in the Kid Wind Competition, built new science curriculum for English Language Learners, and served as instructor at Camp Invention. Stacey is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and the Science Teachers Association of New York State and is the only teacher in New York to receive the Maitland Simmons Award and to be certified by the Department of Environmental Conservation to run Project WILD, Project WILD Aquatic, and Project WET professional development workshops. As a Master Teacher, Ms. Sebert has joined PLTs on Curriculum Development, Earth Science, and Nanotechnology, assisted at a Girls in STEM event, attended a book discussion with Nathalia Holt, author of Rise of the Rocket Girls, and served as mentor for pre- and in-service STEM teachers. Stacey looks forward to continuing her collaboration with other Master Teachers, preparing students for possible futures in STEM.

Annette Sebuyira

Annette Sebuyira

Guilderland School District

Annette Sebuyira earned her BS in Biochemistry from Elmira College, MS in Education from SUNY at Albany, and National Board Certification in Adolescent Science. Ms. Sebuyira teaches Advanced Placement, Regents, and Honors Lab Chemistry at Guilderland High School. Ms. Sebuyira is an adjunct of the Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) and has taught SUPA Chemistry and SUPA Forensics. Ms. Sebuyira is dedicated to dynamic teaching as a means of creating and nurturing a lifelong love of knowledge in children and as such serves as the Club advisor to NYS District Key Club, Science Olympiad, and STAR (Students and Teachers against Racism). Outside of school, Ms. Sebuyira expands her STEM connection by being a Beyond Benign Green Chemistry Lead Teacher, has been a Camp invention instructor, and implemented the STEM in our Schools Day, Fifth- grade Program. She volunteers as a Trustee for the Local City Library, has been a two-time recipient of the YMCA Outstanding Educator Award and recognized by Channel 13 as Educator of the Week. Ms. Sebuyira is passionate about motivating her students and sharing the love of learning through STEM. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Sebuyira looks forward to participating in the upcoming Green Chemistry Workshops, and joining the Common Science/Technology and Math Language Professional Learning Team.

Judith Selig

Judith Selig

Master Teacher Emeritus

Ballston Spa Central School District

Judy Selig earned her BS in Wildlife Science from Cornell University, MS in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Rochester, and her Master of Arts in Teaching from the Graduate College of Union University. Prior to teaching, Ms. Selig worked as a wildlife technician at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, a chemist at Eastman Kodak, an environmentalist for a non-profit environmental organization, and a consultant for various government agencies. In the classroom for the past eight years, Ms. Selig has taught Earth Science, Living Environment, Regents Chemistry, Honors Biology, International Baccalaureate Biology, and Medical Interventions, which is the third course in the Project Lead the Way series. Ms. Selig takes advantage of many professional development opportunities at Cornell University, the NYS Museum, and Project Lead the Way curriculum planning. Inspired by fresh air and exercise, Ms. Selig loves to bike, cross country ski, hike, and generally be outside. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Selig is excited to enhance her content and pedagogical knowledge by attending interesting and challenging courses, and meeting and collaborating with Master Teachers from across the state.

Jamie Sesselman

Jamie Sesselman

Warrensburg School District

Jamie Sesselman earned her BA in Biology and Secondary Education from SUNY Potsdam and MS in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Plattsburgh. While at SUNY Potsdam, Jamie was a member of the National Biological Honor Society and captain of the Equestrian team. Jamie began teaching in 1997 with an insatiable curiosity for science and how to best challenge and motivate students. Currently at Warrensburg High School she teaches Advanced Placement Biology, Advanced Regents Biology and an elective called Science, Technology and Research. Jamie is a Teacher Leader and Mentor Teacher at her school district and is known for her enthusiasm and dedication to teaching. She leads meaningful professional development, assists with curriculum writing and regularly shares exemplars with her colleagues. Outside the classroom, Mrs. Sesselman is involved in Hiking Club, School Improvement Team, Homework Club, Ski Club, Southern Adirondack League of Teachers, the Community Book Club as the science specialist, and is a youth basketball coach. As a NYS Master Teacher, Jamie is looking forward to networking with other like-minded, passionate teachers and sharing best practices in creating brain compatible classrooms. She anticipates collaborating with fellow Master Teachers to foster a continued love of learning.

Chris Shanks

Christopher Shanks

Saratoga Springs City School District

Chris Shanks earned a BS in Physics from Siena College and an MST from Union College. Mr. Shanks entered the teaching profession with the idea of inspiring students to learn because the process of learning is fun in addition to increasing knowledge. Mr. Shanks spent the majority of his career teaching physics before starting a computer science program ten years ago to fill a void in the STEM curriculum. More recently, he helped start the Capital District chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association where he serves as secretary. Mr. Shanks is passionate about finding innovative, creative and non-traditional methods to facilitate learning. Outside of school, Mr. Shanks is active in the ADK and hopes to complete climbing all of New York's high peaks, as well as other mountains in the northeast.

Erin Sharkey

Erin Sharkey

Master Teacher Emeritus

Greenville School District

Erin Sharkey earned her BS in biology from Villanova University and MS in Adolescence Education from The College of St. Rose. Prior to teaching, Ms Sharkey was a microbiology analyst for a pharmaceutical company. Her true passion is in the classroom where she has been teaching for 11 years. Ms. Sharkey teaches Living Environment and International Baccalaureate (IB) Biology HL at Greenville High School. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she is a mentor teacher, and an active member of the Building Leadership Team, the International Baccalaureate Team and the Building Safety Committee. Ms. Sharkey firmly believes that all educators are lifelong learners, and sharing best practices is an essential piece of continuing to grow in the profession. Ms. Sharkey's educational philosophy can be conveyed by combing two famous quotes, one by Nelson Mandela, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." and another by Eleanor Roosevelt, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of dreams." Ms. Sharkey looks forward to the wonderful opportunities and the people that she will have the opportunity to collaborate with in the NYS Master Teacher program.

Tom Shiland

Thomas Shiland

Master Teacher Emeritus

Saratoga Springs City School District

Tom Shiland earned his BA in chemistry from Dartmouth College, MS in Environmental Science from Drexel University, and MS in Education and Educational Administration from SUNY Albany. He also achieved National Board Certification in Secondary Science Teaching. Prior to teaching, Mr. Shiland worked for nine years at the Environmental Protection Agency in Philadelphia. In the classroom for 31 years, he teaches chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry at Saratoga Springs High School. Mr. Shiland has served as the president of the Science Teachers Association of NYS (STANYS) and the Professional Development Director of STANYS. He actively contributes to the science education field by facilitating presentations at the local, state, and national level, and has published papers in the Journal of Chemical Education, the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Science Education and The Science Teacher. Presently, he is in charge of the Siena Conference that is sponsored by the Eastern Section of STANYS. As a Master Teacher, Mr. Shiland is looking forward to engaging with his peers in discussions of how to apply the results from recent cognitive science research to improve student learning in STEM areas.

Karen Shoulette

The Enlarged City School District of the City of Saratoga Springs

- Joined Fall 2019, Bio Coming Soon -

Brynda Shultes

Brynda Shultes

Greenville Central School District

Brynda Shultes has always been drawn to science. While growing up on her family's dairy farm, Brynda spent considerable time outdoors exploring and analyzing nature, which motivated her to earn a BS in Secondary Science Education: Biology, with a Chemistry Minor, at SUNY Oneonta, and her MS/ACT in Biology Education at SUNY Albany. Mrs. Shultes is the Regents/Honors Chemistry teacher and Science Department Chair at Greenville High School. Brynda joined the Greenville faculty in 1995 and has taught Regents/Honors Living Environment, MS Science, and at-risk MS students. Brynda is very supportive of student activities, serving as the Yellow Ribbon Advisor, the Science Club Advisor, and a post-prom party chaperone. Brynda is also professionally active, regularly advocating for students and faculty on a number of district committees, including the Building Level Team and the District Health and Safety Committee. She is a member of the Association of American Chemistry Teachers, the National Science Teachers Association, and the Science Teachers Association of New York. Brynda loves to attend conferences and constantly strives to be a more effective educator. She is humbled by her selection to the Master Teacher program and looks forward to collaborating with other educators to further engage and inspire science students.

Meghan Spring

Troy City School District

- Joined Fall 2019, Bio Coming Soon -

Derek Srygley

Cambridge Central School District

- Joined Fall 2019, Bio Coming Soon -

James St. Denis

James St. Denis

Master Teacher Emeritus

Shenendehowa School District

James St. Denis earned his BS in biology at the State University of New York at Albany and MA in Science Education at West Virginia University. In the classroom for 15 years, Mr. St. Denis teaches biology, earth science, chemistry, and environmental science at Shenendehowa High School. He created and also teaches forensic science, a course for senior year students that expressed an interest in continued STEM study. In 2010, Mr. St. Denis achieved National Board Certification and went on to become a Candidate Support Provider to guide other teachers through the process. A strong advocate of international travel among students, he has taken groups of students to Costa Rica and to Ecuador. His future projects include taking students to Belize and the Grand Canyon. With the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mr. St. Denis is looking forward to working with teachers throughout the state who enjoy challenging themselves and advancing their teaching techniques.

Shannon Stevenson

Shannon Stevenson

Albany City School District

Shannon Stevenson earned her BS in Adolescence Education of Biology from SUNY Cortland, MS in Biology Education from University at Albany and a CAS in Mentoring and Teacher Leadership from Union Graduate College. She was awarded the "Golden Apple Award" by the Albany City School District in 2013. She is currently teaching Living Environment to English Language Learners at Albany High School, and serves as the Building Curriculum Team Leader for the science department, leading monthly meetings and professional development for her colleagues. She has collaborated on multiple projects with the Center for Applied Linguistics, a global organization that seeks to share best practices among educators with Language Learners. She has collaborated with University at Albany on the Multimodal Observational Protocol research project to enrich her understanding of strategies that effectively engage Language Learners in STEM classrooms. Mrs. Stevenson finds true inspiration in the stories of her students, most of whom are refugees from war-torn countries. The resilience, hope, and enthusiasm they bring to the classroom fuels her passion to be an educator. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Stevenson is excited to have the opportunity learn and share knowledge within a growing network of educators across the state.

Stephanie Stiles

Master Teacher Emeritus

South Colonie Central School District

Stephanie Stiles earned her BA in Mathematics and Education from The College of St. Rose, and MSEd in Psychology from SUNY Albany. In the classroom for 14 years, Mrs. Stiles teaches Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry at South Colonie Central High School.

Dolores Storey

Dolores Storey

Master Teacher Emeritus

New Lebanon School District

Dolores Storey earned her BS in mathematics and MS in Mathematics Education from the University at Albany. A 20 year veteran teacher, Ms. Storey teaches Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Advanced Placement Calculus, and a Graphing Calculator course that incorporates mathematical modeling at the New Lebanon Junior/Senior High School. She involves her students in problem solving activities where they can apply math concepts to other disciplines. She is interested in finding ways to help students be excited about math and science, and is working with a colleague to organize a STEM day at the elementary school. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she serves as the Mathematics Coordinator for the New Lebanon Junior/Senior High School, and is a member of the Alpha Nu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Association of Mathematics Teachers in NYS, the NYS Association of Mathematics Supervisors, and the Capital District Association of Mathematics Supervisors.

Sarah Strouse

Sarah Strouse

North Colonie Central School District

Sarah Strouse earned her BS in Biology from Siena College and her MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Plattsburgh. Mrs. Strouse has enjoyed teaching 7th grade science at Shaker Junior High School in Latham for 20 years. In 2015, she, along with her teaching team, was awarded the Earth Service Educator Award from YMCA Camp Chingachgook for their work in sharing the importance of human impact on the environment through field trip experiences. Excited about the world around her, Sarah loves learning and sharing information with her students. She is passionate about helping students grasp difficult concepts in fun and exciting ways. Mrs. Strouse co-advises the Green Team recycling club and the Coding/Robotics Club. She participates in a young adult book club with other teachers to encourage students to ignite their passion for reading. Mrs. Strouse was a FIRST Lego League co-coach whose team advanced to the regional competition for three consecutive years and was a Girl Scout leader for many years. Mrs. Strouse loves traveling with her family and curling up with a good book. As a NYS Master Teacher, she looks forward to learning new techniques and concepts that she can bring back to her classroom and share with her colleagues.

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Jody Suprenant

Master Teacher Emeritus

Fort Edward School District

Jody Suprenant earned her BS in Biology from the University at Albany, degree as Cytotechnologist, American Association of Clinical Pathologists (CT (ASCP)) from Albany Medical College, and MSEd in Curriculum & Instruction and Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from SUNY Plattsburgh. In the classroom for 18 years, Mrs. Suprenant teaches Regents Earth Science in the Hudson Falls Central School District. Her professional interests focus on science literacy and communication, lesson and assessment design, and technology integration. A strong advocate for making science accessible to all, she involves her students in activities to improve science literacy, citizen science, and individual research. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Suprenant is a member of the district Learning Team and Technology Committee. She is a National Board Certified Teacher who serves as a Professional Learning Facilitator in her district. She was honored with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award for her contributions to Earth Science Education. While in the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Suprenant served as lead facilitator for the Earth Science, Book Study, and Accomplished Teaching Professional Learning Teams. She blogs about teaching at https://artandscienceofteaching.degree/ and her work was recently featured on Rick Wormeli's website.

Daniel Swan

Daniel Swan

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District

Daniel Swan earned his B.A. in Geology from SUNY Binghamton where he also served as an EMT for the local ambulance squad. He later earned his M.S. in Education from the College of Saint Rose. Mr. Swan teaches Earth Science at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School and previously taught 5th – 8th grade science at Brown School in Schenectady. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Swan serves as co-advisor to the yearbook club and recently took on the role of treasurer of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Teacher's Association. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mr. Swan has attended The Biology of Cancer mini-course, assisted at a Girls in STEM event, taken a variety of STEM outings, joined the Earth Science PLT, and participated in Lab Day: Hands-On Minds-On Lab Activities for the Secondary Science Classroom workshop. Daniel was inspired to work and contribute to the STEM fields by his science teacher mother and business teacher father and would like to pass that inspiration onto his students by making science a fun, approachable subject, as it was made for him by his past teachers. He looks forward to continued collaboration with other Master Teachers to develop new cost-efficient STEM resources that can be easily integrated into classroom instruction or demonstrated online.

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Laura Tedesco

Laura Tedesco

Troy School District

Laura Tedesco graduated cum laude from Hartwick College with a BA in Geology, and Master of Arts in Teaching from the Graduate College of Union University. She achieved National Board Certification in Adolescent/Young Adult Earth and Space Science. In addition, she holds a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in National Board Certification and Teacher Leadership and a CAS in Service Learning and Teacher Leadership. Ms. Tedesco has spent the last 12 years teaching Earth Science at Troy High School. She is also an instructor for the Sunset School Program at Troy High and enjoys working with at-risk youth. She tutors and mentors through the Sponsor-A-Scholar Program, which helps economically disadvantaged students with academic and financial support during their high school and college years. Ms. Tedesco spent ten days on board the Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling (JOIDES) Resolution, an international ocean drilling research vessel, in British Columbia. She worked with scientists to learn about how ocean sediments are analyzed. She followed up this experience by spending one week on board the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lake Guardian, during which she participated in the most recent EPA study of Lake Ontario. Ms. Tedesco hopes to inspire teachers to participate in scientific field work that helps them become teacher-scientists in the eyes of their students.

Melissa Thomas

Melissa Thomas

Master Teacher Emeritus

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District

Melissa Thomas earned her BS in Environmental Science and MA in Teaching from Union College. In the classroom for 16 years, Mrs. Thomas teaches Earth and Environmental Science at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. A strong advocate for student-centered, hands-on learning, she always investigates ways to integrate technology into classroom activities. Mrs. Thomas is passionate about the environment, and is part of an alternative energy group which has received grants to purchase a small wind turbine and a photovoltaic solar array. This group of educators, from the science, math, technology and economics departments, is collaboratively creating an interdisciplinary approach to project-based learning. Mrs. Thomas serves her community in several leadership roles, including as President of her school building, Co-Chair of the Professional Learning Communities Committee and Google Trainer for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District. She was recently honored with the PTA Founder's Day Award for her contributions to her students, school and charity work in the local community. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Thomas has participated in the Geo-Science of Hydro-Fracturing, Measuring Global Climate Change and The Safety of Genetically Engineered Food mini-courses, workshops at STEM Saturday and Google Tools for Educators, is a participant of the Elementary Science Kits Professional Learning Team, and facilitated an information session for prospective NYS MTP applicants.

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Jessica Vaccaro-Piper

Jessica Vaccaro-Piper

Master Teacher Emeritus

North Colonie Central School District

After graduating from the College of Saint Rose with a BA in biology, Jessica Vaccaro-Piper worked in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries in research and development labs, quality control and sales over the course of six years. Mrs. Piper earned a MS in Secondary Education- Biology from SUNY Albany and was a recipient of the Gertrude Hunter Parlin Teacher's Scholarship. She has been teaching biology at Shaker High School in Latham for 11 years. Mrs. Piper has participated in numerous professional development activities and has mentored prospective science teachers over the course of her career. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Piper is an employee of the NYS Education Department where she works on teams with other educators to create the Regents exams in biology. As a newly appointed NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Piper is most looking forward to participating in exciting professional development opportunities and collaborating with other master teachers to continue to grow in her practice. She also hopes to inspire her students to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Thomas Vartuli

Hudson Falls Central School District

- Joined Fall 2019, Bio Coming Soon -

Sara Verga

Sara Verga

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District

Sara Verga earned her BS in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from SUNY Cortland and MS in Special Education and Literacy from the University at Albany. Mrs. Verga was named the recipient of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society Scholarship, which helped her complete student teaching in Queensland, Australia. Mrs. Verga holds five NYS Professional Certifications, which have shaped a unique ability to reach the children in her classroom. Her teaching career began in Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School District teaching second grade. Currently entering her fifth year at Pashley Elementary in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD, Mrs. Verga teaches third grade and is mentoring a special education intern. Beyond her role as a teacher, Mrs. Verga is very involved on the district's professional development committee and serves as vice president of her building for the Teachers Association. She is also the advisor of Run 4 Fun, a program that encourages self-confidence and inner beauty of young girls while running and training for a celebratory 5k in the community. This parallels her own interest in running, as she competes in road races, with a goal of completing her first marathon. As a NYS Master Teacher, Mrs. Verga looks forward to working with other innovative STEM educators, while learning and adding to her craft.

Beth Vernold

Beth Vernold

South Colonie Central School District

Beth Vernold earned both her BA in History with a minor in Physics and Education and a Masters of Education from St. Lawrence University. Mrs. Vernold has been an educator since 2003 and is currently teaching Regents Physics and Astronomy, a course which she developed, at Colonie Central High School. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Vernold presents planetarium shows with a STARLAB portable planetarium to 1st and 3rd graders as well as to Life Skills classes in the district. She is an active participant in the Greater Capital Region STEAM Exposition at Colonie Central High School and has been a chaperone for Ski Club, a field hockey official as well as a building representative and recording secretary for the South Colonie Teacher's Association. Mrs. Vernold was also a planetarium educator at the MiSci Museum where she presented planetarium shows to the public as well as designed and developed astronomy programs for the museum. In her free time, Mrs. Vernold enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, running, kayaking, and skiing. She is excited to be a part of the Master Teacher Program where she can collaborate with fellow teachers and continue to learn new ideas and practices that will help challenge and excite her students in STEM.

Jody Visconti

Jody Visconti

Saratoga Springs City School District

Jody Visconti earned her BS in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry from Central Michigan University and MAT in Science from Union College. After undergraduate studies, she became a professional fly fishing instructor for the Orvis Fly Fishing School, Women's Programs, and a volunteer instructor, curriculum developer and District Retreat Coordinator for Casting for Recovery, a national non-profit organization. While working as a Cytogenetic Technologist for the Albany Medical College she realized she was hooked on teaching, which led to a career in education in 2001. Ms. Visconti currently teaches both the Saratoga Pathways Academy (SPA) Biology and an Environmental Science course at the Saratoga Springs High School. She is a member of the Technology Expansion Project team, and the IT Steering Council for the Saratoga Springs City School District. Her passion involves Project Based Learning, making learning relevant, and building partnerships with community members and students. Outside of work, Jody enjoys outdoor sports with her husband and two boys and gardening. She previously played the cello with the Union College Chamber Orchestra and the Sage City Symphony and now enjoys playing casually. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Visconti looks forward to new learning opportunities and collaboration with other Master Teachers.

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Karen W. Wells

Karen W. Wells

North Colonie Central School District

Karen W. Wells earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus in Thermal Fluid Sciences, from Virginia Tech, and her M.A.T. in Mathematics Education from Union College. Prior to teaching, Karen worked at General Electric for ten years. Mrs. Wells teaches Regents Algebra II, an Algebra II stretch course and Pre-Calculus at Shaker High School. She participates in professional conferences and consortia and is Nationally Board Certified in Adolescence and Young Adult Mathematics. Mrs. Wells has chaperoned school dances and the prom, served on the Ethics Committee, and helped design her school's policy on Academic Integrity. Outside of school, Mrs. Wells is a mother of three college-aged children and her family has hosted a Fresh Air child since 2002. She loves outdoor activities and is striving to become an Adirondack 46er. As a NYS Master Teacher, Karen has joined a Math PLT, engaged in several Professional Conversations, participated in a book discussion with Nathalia Holt, author of Rise of the Rocket Girls, and attended workshops on Breakout Boxes and building 3-d geometric figures. Mrs. Wells looks forward to continuing her collaboration with an amazing group of STEM Master Teachers to strengthen and energize her own teaching and her mentoring of pre-service teachers.

Braiden White

Braiden White

Saratoga Springs City School District

Braiden White earned her BA in Elementary Education with a focus in Secondary Mathematics from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and her MS in Curriculum Design and Instruction from SUNY Plattsburgh. She began teaching in 2010 and has taught at the elementary level for eight years. She currently teaches second grade at Division Street Elementary School in the Saratoga Springs City School District. Although she teaches all subject areas, she has a passion for mathematics and science and incorporates STEM across the content areas. She teaches the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch curriculum and the Engineering Design Process, and is her school's PLTW Launch Lead teacher. She is a member of her district's Project Based Learning and Research & Development team to help change how students are taught and assessed. She participated in Master Teacher Lab Day and presented her school's Earth Balloon. For the past five years, she has been Co-Director of Camp Invention, Co-Director of her school's running club, and serves on her school's STEM Expo committee. She strives to get young students to become active participants in their learning and passionate about the power of STEM. Ms. White is excited to have this opportunity to collaborate with other Master Teachers and enhance STEM experiences for her students.

Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams

Bolton Central School District

Nicole Williams earned both her BS in Cellular Biochemistry and Master of Science in Teaching in Adolescent Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. Mrs. Williams currently teaches living environment, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and a SUNY Albany University in the High School science research course at Bolton Central School, where she began her teaching career in 2008. Nicole has continuously engaged in additional professional development and now holds New York State teaching certificates in biology, chemistry, general science and students with disabilities, grades 7-12. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Nicole is a member of multiple committees including the National Honor Society Faculty Council and the STEAM committee to organize the annual STEAM Fair, and has worked to design and implement both an elementary STEAM lab and a high school fabrication lab. As a science teacher in a rural district, she encourages all students to enroll in higher level science courses and provides the assistance needed for them to be successful in those courses. Outside of school, Mrs. Williams loves spending time with her family enjoying outdoor activities such as camping, skiing, hiking, and boating. Nicole is excited to make connections with her peers and to participate in the diverse professional development opportunities offered through the NYS Master Teacher Program.

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Barry Witte

Master Teacher Emeritus

South Colonie Central School District

Barry Witte earned his BS in Chemistry from the US Naval Academy and MA in Education from Old Dominion University, and has been teaching for 23 years. Mr. Witte teaches high school pre-engineering courses at South Colonie High School. A strong advocate for STEM integration, he involves his grades 9-12 students in many open-ended design problems. Mr. Witte's professional interests focus on renewable energy and engineering-prep education and his recent projects include collaboration on a web-based electronic portfolio and evaluation system for engineering students. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Witte serves as a certified master teacher for Project Lead the Way, a national organization of STEM resources for k-12 teachers. Mr. Witte is also an adjunct instructor for Hudson Valley Community College's Photovoltaic courses and a Naval Academy Admissions Counselor for Northeastern New York. Within the NYS Master Teacher Program, he is a member of the Energy Professional Learning Team. Mr. Witte's favorite part about teaching STEM is his belief that the material is always changing, so there is always something new to learn and teach.

Connie Woytowich

Connie Woytowich

South Colonie Central School District

Connie Woytowich earned her B.S. cum laude in Biology and Chemistry Education and M.S. in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany, as well as two Certificates of Advanced Study in Educational Administration and Policy Studies and Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Woytowich teaches secondary level chemistry and biology at her alma mater, Colonie Central High School as well as a college-level elective, Personal Genetics that she developed for students interested in learning about new technologies and ethical issues regarding genetics research and its applications. She has led professional development sessions as a lead learner in the Colonie High School Professional Learning Community. Ms. Woytowich developed and chaired the STEM Expo for the elementary level and served as Director of Camp Invention for close to the last decade in her home district of Saratoga Springs. She has written successful grants for the STEM Lab, which provide materials for STEM instruction and served as the PTA President for Division Street Elementary School, thereafter earning a designation as a National PTA School of Excellence. Ms. Woytowich was recognized by Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner as a 2017 Woman of Distinction, honored with the "Excellence in Education Award." As a Master Teacher, Ms. Woytowich facilitates two PLTs and collaborates with the Chemistry PLT to organize and coordinate Lab Day and has participated in workshops, discussions and mini-courses. Ms. Woytowich looks forward to continuing her work with other Master Teachers to help maximize educational opportunities for all students.

Margot Plumadore Wyan

Margot Plumadore Wyan

Albany City School District

Margot Plumadore Wyan attended SUNY Potsdam where she completed her coursework in the B.A./M.A. program in Mathematics and double-majored as an undergraduate in Secondary Education. Originally from Saranac Lake, Mrs. Wyan now resides in Albany where she teaches mathematics at Albany High School, including International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics SL 2, IB Theory of Knowledge (STEM perspective), and Algebra 1 Test Prep. She has served as the math department's Building Curriculum Team Leader and Coordinator of the IB Diploma and Advanced Placement programs. Mrs. Wyan has been honored by her students in the regional Scholars Recognition Program and was named by one of her IB students as a teacher of influence in the Presidential Scholars program. She has been a Ski Club chaperone and enjoys playing ice hockey in her spare time. As a NYS Master Teacher, Margot has joined the Math PLT, participated in Professional Conversations, and attended workshops on topics that include TI Nspire, Mathematical Ideas in Curve Stitching and String Art, and Mathematical Art: 3D Printing. Mrs. Wyan looks forward to continued opportunities for high-quality interdisciplinary professional development the NYS Master Teacher Program.

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Susan Yagielski

Susan Yagielski

Guilderland School District

Susan Yagielski earned her BS in Marketing and MS in Math Education from Saint Joseph's University, and an Advanced Certification in Educational Leadership from the University of Rochester. Ms. Yagielski has been in the classroom a total of 16 years. After beginning her career as a classroom teacher, Ms. Yagielski spent five years as a math coach and professional development specialist. Most recently, she served as the Capital District Board of Cooperative Educational Service Network Team Institute math coach. Returning to the classroom, Ms. Yagielski is a middle school math teacher and co-advisor of Farnsworth Middle School's state-qualifying Math Counts Team. Fascinated by the lives of historic female mathematicians, including her mother who was an early programmer with Kodak, Ms. Yagielski is inspired by Sonya Kovalevsky who said: "It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul." As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Yagielski is looking forward to collaborating with teachers whose love of learning is infectious and to continuing to promote the noble profession of teaching.

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